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Sit-at-home Order: FG Sets To Resist, IPOB blows hot

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There is currently a feeling of uncertainty over the sit-at-home order handed down to the people of the South-East by the Indigenous People of Biafra as the pro-Biafra group and IPOB leader’s brother disagreed on the directive.

IPOB, had penultimate week, threatened a weekly lockdown of the South-East geopolitical zone from Monday, August 9, 2021 until Kanu is released.

The IPOB, through a statement on Sunday by its spokesman, Emma Powerful, had restated its readiness to push home its sit-at-home order until its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, was unconditionally released from the custody of the Department of States Services.

Powerful, in the statement, said, “The entire Biafra land will be locked down every Monday from 6:00am to 6:00pm beginning from tomorrow, (Monday) August 9, 2021, until our leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who was abducted in Kenya and brought back to Nigeria and locked up in DSS dungeon in clear violation of international laws is freed.

“All markets, schools, motor parks, airports, and public places in Biafra land should shut down from morning to evening every Monday. We understand the economic implications of this measure but we are constrained to take it so that the world will know that our Leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, is not alone in the struggle for Biafra autonomy.

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“All residents and visitors in Biafra land are advised to comply with the order. Nobody should go out to avoid any clash or intimidation by the wicked Nigeria security agents.”

In what seemed like a direct response to Powerful’s position, Kanunta Kanu, the younger brother to the IPOB leader said he had suspended the sit-at-home protest of the group in the South-East.
Sit-at-home Order: FG Sets To Resist, IPOB blows hot

Kanunta, in a statement on Sunday, said the planned sit-at-home directive was suspended to allow the students in the geopolitical zone to participate in the National Examination Council.

He said a new date for the commencement of the sit-at-home order would be announced later.

He said, “IPOB on its part, having realised the academic deprivation the already marginalised Biafra students who entered for this year’s NECO would suffer, decided to suspend the sit-at-home order to a later date, to allow the students take their exams.”

Meanwhile, a former governor of Anambra State, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, while condemning IPOB’s action, said, “There is no reason for that; it doesn’t help us in any way.

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“Therefore, it should not hold, and our people will not obey it anyway, because they act with reason. How can somebody tell you to kill yourself and you proceed to kill yourself,” Ezeife queried.

Also, the Anambra State Government on Sunday in a public service announcement attributed to Head of Service, Harry Udu, asked workers in the state to report to their duty posts on Monday unfailingly or be sanctioned.

Speaking on the IPOB order, the Anambra State Police Commissioner, Chris Awolabi, said, “If you are in Anambra, you will know what we have been doing. IPOB is a proscribed group, what do you want me to say about them. We are working.”

In a related development, the Enugu State Government on Sunday warned pro-Biafra agitators, members of the Indigenous People of Biafra that it would not spare anyone that breached the peace in the state in the name of obeying IPOB’s sit-at-home order.

It urged residents of the state to go out for their businesses on Monday as their security would be guaranteed.

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The state issued this warning in a statement issued by the Chairman, Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority, Denge Onoh.

The statement titled, ‘Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority wants residents to go about their businesses on Monday’, described the sit-at-home directive as a familiar propaganda that had enthroned hardship on the citizenry, adding that “by now, wisdom is supposed to be prevailing rather than emotion”.

It added, “ECTDA wishes to clarify that there is no constituted authority, either as federal, state or local government that declared any Monday as a resting or work-free day.

“The authority also wishes to assure residents in the three local government areas of the state capital that there will be no molestation of anybody conducting genuine business in the state except such a person is a miscreant in which case the law enforcement agents have been put on notice to deal with such nuisances.

“We therefore ask all business operators within the capital territory to ignore the propaganda of a sit-at-home order, as the state government has put machinery in place to ensure that lives and properties are secured.”

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Anambra Guber: IPOB sit-at-home disrupting poll preparations – REC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has expressed concern over the sit-at-home order given by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra.

It noted that the development was adversely affecting its preparations for the Anambra State governorship election slated for November 6.

The Anambra State INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr Nwachukwu Orji, said this during the commissions ‘s Monitoring and Support Centre EMBER Zone Implementer Workshop, held in Awka, on Thursday.

He said, “Our preparations are on course, even with all the challenges we are facing, such as the attack on our state office on May 23rd and the sit-at-home which are eating into our preparation time, but we are doing our best.

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“Ad hoc staff are already being recruited online and we are interacting with the stakeholders and we are happy with where we are now and we are confident that come November 6, we will have a successful election.”

He said the commission would recruit no fewer than 25,000 ad hoc workers for the poll.

He insisted that sensitive materials for the election would be brought in from Owerri, Imo State, because of the destruction of the Awka office of INEC

Anambra Guber: IPOB sit-at-home disrupting poll preparations – REC

Stakeholders had expressed reservations over INEC’s plan to import electoral materials from Owerri for the simple reason that the chairman of the All Progressives Congress National Campaign Council for the election is Governor Hope Uzodinma.

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In response, the REC said, “You know that the Anambra State INEC office was attacked on May 23rd and that led to the destruction of our store. Since that incident, we had to fall back on the INEC zonal store.

“INEC has zonal offices and for the South East, the zonal office is in Owerri and that is where we have been trying to remobilise for the election.”

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Igbo lawmakers to intervene in Nnamdi Kanu’s case, set to meet Buhari govt

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The Southeast caucus of the National Assembly has resolved to intervene in the issue of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

The caucus resolved to seek political solution over Kanu’s matter.

To this end, the caucus resolved to set up a committee to interface with the Federal Government and relevant stakeholders over Kanu’s matter.

This was part of the r solutions reached by the caucus during a meeting held in Abuja, at the residence of former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

A communiqué issued at the end of the meeting reads partly: “We elaborately discussed the issue of Mazi Nnamdi and resolved to intervene.

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Igbo lawmakers to intervene in Nnamdi Kanu’s case, set to meet Buhari govt

“To this end we resolved to set up a committee to constructively interface with relevant stakeholders, the Federal Government and its relevant agencies towards finding a political solution. We will keep Ndigbo abreast of developments in regard.”

The caucus also commended IPOB for calling off the Monday sit-at-home order.

“Noted with delight that IPOB has called off the Monday sit-at-home order and resolved to ensure that nobody uses them as façades to bring ruination on Igbo land.

“Call on our people to go about their lawful businesses and enjoin our governors and the security agencies to rebuild confidence in our people by not only ensuring the security of their lives and properties, but also ensuring that our people feel safe as they undertake their legitimate businesses,” the lawmakers added.

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Garba Shehu Criticises Yoruba Nation Over UN March, Partnership With IPOB

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The Nigerian Presidency has launched an attack on the Yoruba nation pro-secession group over its recent rally at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA.

In a strong worded statement signed by Presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, the Nigerian leadership criticised the group stating that “Nigerians and the entire World” would “judge them” over their collaboration with the proscribed Indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB.

The statement read in full; “For Nigerian diaspora groups to use the world’s largest platform – the United Nations General Assembly – to garner attention to their causes is not unexpected. It was, however shocking, to see “Yoruba Nation” advocates yesterday unequivocally throw their lot in with Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).”

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“IPOB is a designated terrorist organisation. It has now publicly revealed a 50,000 strong paramilitary organisation. It regularly murders security services and innocent civilians, with a significant uptick of violent attacks this year. And it is currently attempting to hold Nigerian states hostage with orders to stay at home under threat of terror.”

“Without doubt, Nigerians and the entire world will judge Yoruba Nation by the company it keeps. No one can take seriously this organisation if it continues its IPOB association. When their allies systematically trample human rights, it raises sober questions about their claims to uphold the values of the UN.”

“The cooperation is a worrying development, once parsed with Yoruba Nation’s increasingly violent rallies in Nigeria. Actions and associations speak louder than words. Yoruba Nation’s talk of human rights promotion must therefore be ignored.”

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Garba Shehu Criticises Yoruba Nation Over UN March, Partnership With IPOB

Meanwhile, the Nigerian government will continue its work at the UN- to fight against corruption and illicit financial flows, and international cooperation. If we want to see stolen funds returned to their rightful home in Nigeria, the government must continue to campaign for and coordinate global action on asset recovery.

“The government will remain the leading regional actor in the fight against global terror – particularly against threats emanating from the Sahel. Through the Nigerian Technical Aid Corps programme, the country also shares technical expertise with countries from the Caribbean, Africa and the Pacific. At the same time, the administration is implementing a programme of environmental sustainability to combat developments which destroys Nigerian communities in vulnerable regions.”

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“Only through the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development can we secure a prosperous future for Nigeria. As the largest country in Africa, the government takes seriously its leadership role and will continue to strive for continental unity, cooperation, and shared prosperity.”

“Our expectation is therefore for the media to work with the government to focus attention on the core issues the President, the leader of the country has on his programme.”

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