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In light of the two-week sit-at-home directive by self-proclaimed Biafra Prime Minister Simon Ekpa and the security concerns in the South East region, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has urged President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s federal government to release their leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
IPOB is convinced that Kanu’s release would contribute significantly to easing the tension prevailing in the geopolitical zone.
The spokesperson of the group, Emma Powerful, revealed in a statement that once Kanu is set free, crime will be completely eradicated.
His words: ‘If indeed the Nigeria government and her Security Agencies are interested in the peace of the Eastern Region, they should release Mazi Nnamdi KANU unconditionally as pronounced by the Appeal Court of Nigeria in Abuja, and see their sponsored criminal agents using Mazi Nnamdi KANU’s detention to perpetrate crime go into oblivion and fade away.’
Similarly, the group cleared its members of any involvement in the enforcement of the sit-at-home order and accused the Nigerian Army of intentionally attributing all negative occurrences in the region to them.
Emma noted that: ‘IPOB worldwide condemns the statement credited to the Nigerian Army linking IPOB to the incessant and destructive sit-at-home orders and enforcement in the Southeast. The Army chief, Gen. Lagbaja Taoreed will not claim ignorance of all the previous press releases written by IPOB led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu disassociating ourselves from Simon Ekpa and his criminal sit-at-home enforcers.’
‘For the avoidance of doubt, IPOB is not responsible for Mondays nor failed 7-day and purported 2-week sit-at-home orders and enforcement. The reckless and abusive sit-at-home strategy is from the autopilot group led by Simon Ekpa. We have consistently made it known that Simon Ekpa and his autopilot group are not IPOB members and does not represent Mazi Nnamdi KANU in their violent enforcement of sit-at-home orders. Recently, IPOB members rallied in Lahti City in Finland to demonstrate to the world that Simon Ekpa is not an IPOB member that is why he couldn’t come out to identify with the protesters.’
‘IPOB has remained peaceful, and when we the Directorate of State of the Indigenous People of Biafra, DOS, initiated a sit-at-home that autopilot hijacked and abused, we never enforced it. Nevertheless, our people voluntarily complied. Therefore, for the Nigerian Army to associate the reckless sit-at-home enforcement to IPOB is to show that the Nigerian government is using the promoters of violent enforcement of sit-at-home and criminalities in the East to blackmail IPOB and Mazi Nnamdi KANU.’
In a recent interview with Channels TV, Ifeanyi Ubah, the representative of Anambra South Senatorial District, mentioned that the Governors of the South Eastern states are scheduled to hold talks with President Tinubu, specifically regarding the release of the detained Nnamdi Kanu.
In concurrence with IPOB’s viewpoint, he expressed the belief that the release of Nnamdi Kanu would foster a climate of tranquillity and peacefulness throughout the South East.