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Police Says IPOB Are Not Considerate In Their Decisions, Tells Citizens To Ignore Sit-at-home Orders

Police Says IPOB Are Not Considerate In Their Decisions, Tells Citizens To Ignore Sit-at-home Orders

According to the Anambra State Police Command, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) would be dealt with for threatening to keep residents at home every Monday until its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, is released.

The State commissioner of police, Chris Awolabi told Daily Post that he and his guys are aware of the IPOB’s order, but are attempting to disrupt it from behind the scenes.

“I don’t do my work in the open,” he said. “I’m more of a covert operator.

“If you are in Anambra, you will know what we have been doing. IPOB is a proscribed group, what do you want me to say about them. We are working.

“I do not believe in coming to the media to do my work, but if you are in Anambra, you would have seen what we are doing. We are working on that”, Awolabi said.

The South East Coalition of Civil Society Organizations (SECSOs) has urged the people of the southeast to disregard IPOB and go about their activities.

A press announcement from the group, signed by Dr. Livinus Onwuteaka and Comrade Michael Aham Orji, was made available to Daily Post.

“We have received reports claiming that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has directed the people of the Southeast to observe every Monday, with effect from next week, as a work-free day till its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, is released from detention”, the statement reads.

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“It is difficult for the people of the Southeast, nay Nigeria, to process the essence of the directive. They are not the ones who arrested Nnamdi Kanu, nor is he in their custody. Why should they be punished?

“There are millions of people in the Southeast, as in other parts of the country, who barely eke out an existence. They include painters, bricklayers, electricians, bus conductors, commercial drivers, palm wine tappers, and market women who deal in Akara, fried yam, potato, and plantain, to say nothing about millions of young men and women who are unemployed or underemployed. To ask this category of people, who are still smarting from the effects of the COVID-19 lockdowns, to stay indoors for a whole day every week is inconsiderate.

“We wish to advise any group which wants to make a decision that will have long-term consequences for the Igbo to consult extensively with Ohaneze Ndi Igbo, among other stakeholders in the Southeast. Unilateralism is not the way to go.

“In conclusion, we advise all our people to go about their normal business every day of the week. It is in their interest to do so. We are delighted that adequate measures have been put in place to guarantee our people not just their freedom of movement but also the freedom to improve their welfare and general condition.”

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