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An arrested member of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Ebere Elehoma, has alleged that they pay N500 monthly contribution to their embattled leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
The 49-year-old in an interview with Vanguard said; “I am a trader at Zuba Spare part market. I am married with seven children. I was arrested because I am a member of IPOB and I am the coordinator of Zone 9, which comprises Zuba and Tungamaji areas of Abuja”.
The native of Ibitolu in Imo state narrated; “We use to have our meetings once in a month in Tunjamaji and we pay monthly dues of N500 and we use to send the money to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who is our Supreme Leader. I have never met Nnamdi Kanu in person and I listen to him just on Radio Biafra.
“It was one Mazi Ikone that made me join IPOB and I was told that there will be a referendum and I will also have the opportunity to vote.
“I use to relate events within my zone to our state coordinator and We normally send our money to the state commander and we don’t know how they send the money to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
“In the last four years the money we have made have been used in supporting the IPOB in the southeast. When we joined the group, we were made to swear to an oath of allegiance to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. I don’t know what is going on in the group.
“I was brainwashed by Nnamdi Kanu, now I am regretting my actions as a person. I am now being rehabilitated and I will make sure that I shut down IPOB in Abuja. It was Nnamdi Kanu that asked all the Zones to send men to east for IPOB training.
“The oath we took was that if we fail to follow the instruction of Nnamdi Kanu, that we will die mysteriously. I sent Joe, one of our members for the ESN training. When he came back he said he wasn’t pleased with what he saw and he wasn’t going back to them again.
“I was angry that the Imo state prison was broken and the policemen are being killed, killed by fighters we sponsored their training.”
Ebere was one of the IPOB members arrested by operatives of the Force Intelligence Response Team, IRT, who raided a hideout of the proscribed group at the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, where members of the group were caught donating money they said would be sent to their Supreme Leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, to fund the activities of the group in the Southeastern part of the country.