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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has denied issuing any issue sit-at-home order in Lagos State contrary to speculations in the media space.
In a statement issued yesterday by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful which was made available to The Eastern Updates, the group pointed out that it had never issued any orders outside the Southeast.
The statement described the directive as false, laughable, and ‘coming from the quarters of blackmailers to disparage IPOB and Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.’
It said: ‘IPOB has never issued any sit-at-home order outside the Southeast. Anyone issuing any sit-at-home order in Southeast or in Lagos is on his or her own and not doing so on behalf of Mazi Kanu or IPOB.’
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‘Therefore, IPOB disassociates itself from any purported sit-at-home call in Lagos or anywhere in Nigeria, including Southeast at this time. Any day IPOB issues a sit-at-home order, the reasons for the order will be made public, and it will be observed only in the Southeast and any other region that may like to join.”
‘Ndigbo in Lagos should know that IPOB is not looking for popularity, but is only interested in protecting Ndigbo, irrespective of their location in the world. IPOB has no faction, let alone a factional leader.’
The Eastern Updates had reported that Simon Ekpa, a self-proclaimed follower of Nnamdi Kanu had called on Southeasterners living in Lagos to be part of a sit-at-home exercise following an alleged attack on them.
Despite his disengagement from IPOB due to his refusal to sign the rules of engagement for the operation of Radio Biafra, Ekpa has continuously expressed support for the Biafra agitation, leading a faction of IPOB known as ‘Autopilots.’
Recall that Ekpa rose to prominence in July 2021, after he was announced as the lead broadcaster of Radio Biafra.