The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has denied involvement in the frequent enforcement of sit-at-home exercise in the South-East, saying it will deal ruthlessly with the hoodlums behind it.
The group in a press release by its publicity secretary, Emma Powerful said it has no hand in the enforcement of the exercise, which it had long suspended.
“Apart from the Tuesday, September 14 sit-at-home order, any other purported sit-at-home including the suspended weekly sit-at-home on Mondays does not exist in the dairy of IPOB, according to the press release.
“Anybody trying to enforce any sit-at-home order using the name of IPOB is a saboteur and does so at his peril.
“If we catch anybody disturbing the peace of Biafrans or residents in Biafra land under the guise of enforcing a non-existent sit-at-home order, such a person will regret his actions because he will receive the reward of traitors.
The release said the ‘every Monday’ sit-at-home was suspended because of the economic implications it had on the people, and that it has listened to appeals by the people and reviewed their stance on the matter then.
“That was why we reduced the sit-at-home protests to the days our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will be making appearances in court. That is enough for now and we stand by it.”
IPOB also strongly condemned what it called, “the barbaric act by hoodlums and mentally deranged fellows who disrupted a WASSCE in a school in Imo State on Monday, Sept. 13. What a stupid madness! Whoever was behind such barbarity must be made to pay for their actions.
It should be recalled that IPOB had on July 30, announced a sit-at-home in the South East following the continued detention of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. IPOB had warned that the order will continue every Monday until Nnamdi is released.
On August 9, IPOB started the enforcement of the lockdown, shutting down economic activities in the whole of South East region.
However, on August 13, the Pro-Biafra group stated that the Ghost Monday would no longer hold every Monday based on the directive from its leader, Kanu who said it should be observed only on the day he appears in court.
However, despite the suspension, majority of South-East residents still observe the order, shunning business and commercial activities, thus crippling the economy in the region as banks, shops and other organizations remained shut on Mondays over fear of attack.
The fear was real as some criminal elements wrecked havoc on innocent citizens in the South East by forcefully enforcing the sit-at-home order, in the name of IPOB/ESN.
There were reported attack on people and burning of goods by the miscreants on Monday September 6 in various parts of Anambra, Imo and Enugu States.
The attack continued the next Monday, September 13, as some students participating in the ongoing 2021 West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE, were attacked in Imo State for “violating the sit-at-home order.”
Also, unknown gunmen murdered the priest-in-charge of St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Ihitte-Ukwa, Imo State, on Tuesday morning, September 14.
The priest, identified as Rev. Emeka Merenu, serving as principal under the Anglican Diocese of Orlu, was butchered to death in his personage, after which his attackers set his car ablaze “over allegation that he brought in soldiers to secure his students taking WASSC Exam.”