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Senator Hope Uzodinma who is the Governor of Imo State, has announced that the sit-at-home order which had been slammed on the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has ended in most parts of Imo State, except in remote places.
Governor Uzodinma had reiterated this on Wednesday during an interview on “Politics Today”, a political programme on Channels TV.
It can be recalled that IPOB had last year announced Mondays as sit-at-home days in the South-east in order to force the federal government to release its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who is standing trial for treason but Governor Uzodinma had announcedthat the people of the state now move freely on Mondays.
He said the government of Imo State has given adequate support to security agencies in the state thereby allowing people to move freely on such days.
“If you come to Imo, there is nothing called sit-at-home again. We have been able to support our security officers to occupy the space,” Mr Uzodinma said.
He also stated that he is opposed to arming vigilante groups, including Ebube Agu floated by state governments in the South-east because they are not properly trained.
Ebube Agu has been accused of human rights violations and extrajudicial killings in the region, particularly in Imo State.
In July, the outfit was accused of carrying out a massacre in Otulu Ubawaha, a community in Oru Local Government of Imo State.
Speaking on the allegations of needless attacks by Ebube Agu, the governor alleged that some of the attacks are carried out by “bandits impersonating Ebube Agu” personnel.
“Those who don’t want peace are the ones complaining. Some of these bandits are now operating as Ebube Agu. These bandits attack communities and come up with propaganda that it is Ebube Agu,” he said.
Governor Hope Uzodinma had also stated that the South-east security outfit should be saddled with intelligence gathering to assist other security outfits.