The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has denied that it was responsible for the assassination of Dr Chike Akunyili in Anambra state.
IPOB issued the denial in a statement by its spokesperson, Emma Powerful, on Wednesday.
Dr Akunyili was the husband to the late former Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
He was shot dead by unknown gunmen on Tuesday on his way to Enugu from Onisha.
His driver, escort and seven others were also killed during the attack.
The deceased’s brother, Cyril Akunyili had accused IPOB of being behind the assassination.
Denying their involvement, IPOB said “We the great family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by our great leader Mazi Nnamdi Okwuchukkwu Kanu, wish to dissociate ourselves from the senseless killing of innocent citizens in “Anambra State. We have no hands in the political killings going on. We have severally raised the alarm that some cruel politicians are hiding under the cloak of the situation in Biafra land to eliminate their political enemies and blame it on IPOB.
“We don’t know why wicked politicians especially in Imo and Anambra States will choose to slaughter their opponents and turn around and point accusing fingers at IPOB or the operatives of Eastern Security Network ESN. Politicians should leave us alone and settle their scores. No IPOB member or ESN operative is involved in such barbarity. We have no interest in their politics. Restoration of Biafra is our mandate!
“We also wish to clarify that IPOB has never issued an official statement that there would be no governorship election in Anambra State.