By Ikeugonna Eleke
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has denied involvement in the enforcement of a sit-at-home exercise in the South East, saying it will deal with those behind it.
The group, in a press release by its publicity secretary, Emma Powerful said the group had no hand in the enforcement of the exercise, saying it had long suspended it.
‘We the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), ably led by our great leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, wish to reiterate once again, that we have no other sit-at-home order after 14th September.
‘Any other purported sit-at-home, including the suspended weekly sit-at-home on Mondays, does not exist in the diary of IPOB. In fact, after September 14, there is no other sit-at-home this week. Any contrary news or speculations to this effect should be ignored.
He said anybody trying to enforce any sit-at-home order, using the name of IPOB was a saboteur and did so at his peril.
‘If we catch anybody disturbing the peace of Biafrans or residents in Biafra Land under the guise of enforcing non-existent sit-at-home order, such a person will regret his actions because he will receive the reward of traitors.
‘IPOB is a responsible organization with reasoning and empathy. We cannot be part of the problem we are trying to solve. We cannot join the enemies to compound the woes of our people we are fighting to liberate,’ he said in the release.
IPOB also said the every Monday sit-at-home was suspended because of the economic implications it had on the people and that it listened to appeals by the people and reviewed their stance on the matter then.
‘That was why we reduced the sit-at-home protests to the days our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, will be making appearances in court. That is enough for now and we stand by it. Anybody trying to impose another sit-at-home order on our people or enforce illegal or imaginary sit-at-home is not IPOB, and must be dealt with. Such a person is working with the enemies to disrepute IPOB, and we won’t tolerate such stupidity.
‘On this note, IPOB strongly condemns the barbaric act by hoodlums and mentally deranged fellows who disrupted a WAEC exam in a school in Imo State on Monday. What a stupid madness! Whoever was behind such barbarity must be made to pay for their actions.
‘IPOB leadership is hereby promising to replace those motorbikes burnt in the school to their owners and rebuild school blocks burnt by hoodlums in the name of ESN and IPOB volunteers. This is not to portray or indicate that IPOB committed the heinous crimes against our people,’ he noted.
He promised to set up a task force to checkmate those parading themselves as IPOB volunteers and those committing what he called crime against humanity on the people.