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In an appeal to the Nigerian Military, Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State has urged them to ensure the return of Simon Ekpa, the self-acclaimed Biafra Prime Minister, to the South East, so that he can comply with the sit-at-home order he has been issuing.
Uzodimma shared this information on Friday during a meeting at the government house in Owerri, where he hosted Hassan Dada, the new General Officer Commanding 82 Division.
The two-week sit-at-home directive issued by Ekpa has caused unrest in the entire South-East. In response, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, in conjunction with selected traditional rulers, held a meeting with President Bola Tinubu to deliberate on strategies to address Ekpa’s activities and address security concerns.
Concerned for the well-being of his people, Uzodimma put forward an alternative solution, recommending the military to explore the possibility of extraditing Ekpa so he can partake in what people have been experiencing.
He said: ‘What is topmost in our cases is this popular sit-at-home order. There’s one man called Simon Ekpa somewhere in Finland.
‘It is our hope that the security agencies, particularly the military, working with the federal government, will be able to either bring Simon Ekpa back to Nigeria to also sit at home with us or be made to face the wrath of the law.’
On his Twitter account, Ekpa declared that the leader of IPOB would not be held accountable for any actions carried out by Biafrans.
In his words: ‘The reason for us not taking orders anymore from the DSS dungeon is to safeguard our leader. We want our leader to be safe, we want to exonerate our leader from anything that Biafrans will be doing for his own best interests.’
‘So any actions that Biafra people will be taking in Biafra land you don’t attach Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to it. Any actions that Biafrans will be taking in Biafra land for the freedom of Biafra, freedom of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, and freedom of all prisoners of conscience you do not bring Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to it.’
Ekpa’s sit-at-home directive has permeated every nook and corner of the South East, and regional leaders are actively seeking ways to address the matter. The main IPOB body has disclaimed responsibility for the ongoing recurring sit-at-home directive.