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“Nobody can stop our Oct 1st Sit-at-home order” – IPOB

NEWSMAN, Abuja – Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has said there is no going back on the sit at home order it had declared to hold Thursday , October 1, 2020. 

There has been panic buying in Aba as some residents said they will comply with the order to sit at home to identify with IPOB’s agitation for Biafra and also mourn victims of terrorism.

Media and Publicity Secretary, IPOB, Emma Powerful, in a statement, warned the Nigeria soldiers and policemen including other security agencies to steer clear from the Biafra project, Vanguard reported.

 “Our decision to ensure that 1st of October 2020 successful is something nobody can stop us. Nigeria police and those claiming to be fighting for Biafra freedom but stand against the coming of Biafra are inconsequential because they cannot afford to stop us. IPOB is working very hard for the speedy and successful coming of Biafra. There is nothing Nigeria security can do to stop us”, he said.

He urged other ethnic nationalities in Nigeria who wish to change their lives to demand freedom saying “our people must be strong to encourage all other ethnic nationalities in Nigeria who wish to change their lives by demanding freedom”.

-“We distance the Igbo youths from the sit-at-home” – Ohanaeze 

But in a swift reaction to the sit at home order, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council (OYC), urged the people of South East zone to ignore the sit-at-home order, calling on the South East Governors to disband any market union in the region that adheres to the sit-at-home order by the IPOB. 

In a statement signed by its Secretary General, Okwu Nnabuike, OYC explained that Igbo youths are not part of the IPOB order, stressing that they stand on one indivisible Nigeria. 

“OYC urge the people of South East geopolitical zone to ignore IPOB directive and go about their normal businesses. The pro Biafra group’s directive does not reflect to the wishes of the Igbo nation, we distance the Igbo youths from the sit-at-home”, the statement read.

It further stated, “We call on South East Governors to disband any market unions especially in Ariaria, Ogbete, Ontisha and others that comply with the directive of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, because, it would amount to sabotage to the cause of the Igbo nation”

The Igbo youth body however warned security agencies against extra judicial killings of innocent Igbo youths under any guise and urged youths not to take laws into their hands by challenging armed security agents. 

OYC tasked President Muhammadu Buhari to use the opportunity of the 60th Anniversary of Nigeria’s Independence Day for genuine reconciliation and promote peace and de-proscribe IPOB as a terrorist organization as well as grant presidential pardon to all prisoners of conscience in the country.

“Who is IPOB to tell people to sit at home?”

Meanwhile, Ebonyi State government had also urged the people to go about their normal activities on October 1 as IPOB has no legal basis to compel anyone to stay home.

Commissioner for Internal Security and Border Peace, Stanley Emegha, said “Who is IPOB to tell people to sit at home? That is the height of craziness on their side”.

“How can you tell people who have a family to sit at home? To do what? Will you come and put food on their table?In the first place, we don’t even know if there is anything like IPOB existing in the state. People should disregard the said statement and go about their normal business on that day”, Emegha said.

‘Don’t Force people to sit-at-home, else…”  – Police

However, in response to the sit-at-home order declared by IPOB, Security Personnel have began patrolling the nooks and crannies of Owerri, the Imo State capital in what is called  “Operation Show of Force” on Wednesday.

State Police Spokesperson, Orlando Ikeokwu, said that there was no cause for the alarm as they are “assuring the members of the public that we are capable of protecting them and that they can go about without molestation and enjoy the October 1 public holiday as declared by the federal government.”

Earlier, Commissioner of Police in Ebonyi, Philip Maku, warned IPOB to steer clear of the state, saying “People have the fundamental right to movement. If you try to restrict their right to move about and transact their lawful business activities, you are crossing the red line”.

“If anyone tries to force people to sit at home, the Police will not fail to deal decisively with such persons,” he said.

The Anambra State Police Command also urged residents to ignore the call.

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