The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has called on Igbos to defend themselves and their properties during the polls.
This followed threats by people like MC Oluomo who threatened Igbos in Lagos ahead of Saturday's election.
IPOB urged Igbos to defend themselves from any thuggery attack during Saturday’s election.
In a statement by its spokesman, Emma Powerful, the separatist group, said Igbos should not be intimidated into making the wrong choice during the election.
The statement reads partly: “We the global movement and family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by the great and indefatigable leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who is illegally detained in DSS solitary confinement, wish to urge Biafrans to be very vigilant and prepared to defend their personal liberty and freedom of choice tomorrow being 18th March 2023 in the event that any of them chooses to participate in the Nigerian Selection process.
“We Biafrans are a peaceful people but do not hesitate to defend yourselves from personal harm from political thugs if attacked anywhere in the contraption called Nigeria. As long as the Nigeria State is yet to grant Biafrans the date for referendum to decide their fate in the Nigeria entity, Biafrans should be wise and brave to at the same time.
“Look out for your interest and work towards protecting and supporting only those that have your interest at heart. You must not be swayed or allow yourselves to be intimidated into making a wrong choice that will be detrimental to your interest as a Biafran. We are behind you Ndigbo and Biafrans living outside Igboland.
“We do not expect that the Nigeria Security Agencies will perform their constitutional duty and provide adequate security to those who chose to be part of this charade called election; hence we urge you all to watch out for your personal security in the event that you make that personal decision to be part of this voting process.”