The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has claimed that the South East regional security outfit, codename Ebubeagu is the militant wing of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
In a statement on Sunday by its spokesman, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, the CNG said the South Governors gave legitimacy to the Eastern Security Network which they renamed Ebubeagu.
The group opined that it cannot be blinded by the South East governors and leaders’ desperations to cover up the atrocities committed by IPOB.
The statement reads: “In our earlier submission, we highlighted the conceivable implications of the uttered threats and practical steps being taken by the Igbo under the guise of IPOB. These South-East militant IPOB members unceasingly foment hateful violence against other ethnicities and the Nigerian State, while a handful of South-East leaders began a frantic move to cover their complicity in the atrocities by pretending to denounce the IPOB and its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
“We note also that while on one hand, these South-East leaders present a pretext of denouncing IPOB, on another hand, they are working to give legitimacy to the Eastern Security Network which they renamed Ebubeagu, which we all know is a militant wing of IPOB.
“The extent of deception also becomes apparent in the way these South-East leaders give the appearance of dissociating themselves from the Biafran violent agitation and at the same time vehemently attempting to support and justify IPOB’s brand of self-determination bid premised on false claims of marginalisation and pursued through violence and violation of other ethnic nationalities and state institutions.
“The CNG cannot be blinded by these desperations to cover up what is glaringly an attempt to downplay the atrocities committed, the complicity involved, and the trivialisation of what is genuinely a case that must be resolved once and for all.”