The leadership of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB has vowed to clampdown on hoodlums enforcing sit-at-home exercise in Southeast region.
The group had in a statement through its Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, declared every Monday as sit-at-home, starting from Monday, August 9th 2021. An exercise they tagged: “Ghost Monday.”
The statement said that “Ghost Monday,” which would affect all economic activities including schools and marketplaces, would continue every Monday until its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, is released.
IPOB had subsequently called off the protest, noting that it will only be held on the days its leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will appear in court for trails.
While the order was communicated among the followers, however, it was rejected by most of the IPOB members who argued that their leader Mazi Kanu couldn’t have given such directive since he is being held in the DSS custody.
The sit-at-home protest has received condemnation from different quarters in Southeast, as financial experts had tagged it an act of “economic sabotage” against the people of Southeast.
People have continued to sit-at-home following the violence meted on those who were intercepted by the enforcers of the order.
Reacting to the violence that followed the sit-at-home, specifically carried out by hoodlums suspected to be IPOB members, the group leadership has vowed to deal with anyone caught enforcing the Mondays sit-at-home in Southeast.
In a statement signed by Comrade Emma Powerful, media and publicity secretary of IPOB, the group intensified plans to set up Taskforce to checkmate those enforcing the protest.
The statement read.
“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 dairy 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.
“Anybody trying to enforce any sit-at-home order using the name of IPOB is a saboturer, and does 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 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. That was why we suspended the ghost Mondays that we earlier declared because of the economic implications to our people.
“We listened to appeals by the people and reviewed our 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(s) are working with the enemies to disrepute IPOB, and we won’t tolerate such stupidity.
“On this note, IPOB strongly condemn 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 and promise to set up taxforce to chechmate those parading themselves as IPOB volunteers and those committing this crime against humanity and our people, we plead to Biafrans to bear with us for this dastardly act against humanity they are using to disrepute and demormize IPOB in the world.
“We are calling on the school management and those their properties were destroyed to contact any IPOB office near to them for possible payments of their properties.