THE leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB has warned the people of the South-East to be vigilant on Monday (today), claiming security agents may unleash mayhem on innocent citizens and blame it on members of the Eastern Security Network.
This is as the secessionist group reiterated that it had no plan to enforce its hitherto weekly sit-at-home order, alleging that it had uncovered a plot by security operatives to disguise as its members and those of ESN to “attack traders who come out tomorrow for their legitimate businesses”.
IPOB noted that it was expedient for the global community to be aware that it had since two weeks ago suspended its earlier weekly sit-at-home order.
The group stated this in a statement signed by its Director of Media and Publicity, Emma Powerful.
The statement read in part, “The intelligence unit of IPOB has uncovered secret plots by the Nigeria security agencies, most especially the DSS and the police to disguise as IPOB and ESN operatives to attack traders who come out tomorrow for their legitimate businesses.
“IPOB restates that there is no longer Ghost Mondays in Biafra land in solidarity with our detained leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. Sit-at-home will only be observed on the days our leader will be making appearances in court. Such days will be well publicised ahead of time.
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“Everybody is hereby placed on alert about this wicked plot. IPOB will not tolerate any attack on any Biafran or resident of Biafra under any guise.
“Security agencies have perfected plans to unleash attacks on innocent people in the name of ESN and IPOB volunteers. We have no plans again to enforce any sit-at-home order.
“We understand that all DPOs, DCOs other senior police officers in Enugu held meeting to perfect this plan to attack innocent Biafrans and tag it ESN attacks.
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Reacting, the spokesman for the Enugu State Police Command, Daniel Ndukwe, described the allegation as the imagination of its purveyors and calculated to tarnish the image of the police.
Ndukwe, said, “Police in Enugu remain committed to the protection of lives and property. We have asked all law abiding Nigerians resident in Enugu to go about their normal businesses on Monday as police will ensure their safety.”
IPOB sit-at-home ineffective, says Uzodinma
Meanwhile, Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, has said that the Indigenous People of Biafra has no impact on the residents of the state, enough to order a sit-at-home.
Uzodimma, who spoke to State House correspondents after meeting with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday said the people of the state did not obey IPOB’s order.
He said only his government could dictate when people would go out or stay away from their businesses.
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The governor said the state was relatively calm and people were going about their business without fear because they didn’t obey IPOB’s orders.
“IPOB is not a government in Imo State and cannot order people to sit at home,” he added, saying that residents who depended on their businesses to make their daily bread would not stay at home.
The governor noted that Imo State had become the most peaceful in the country to the point that Grade A football matches were now held there at night without any untoward incident.
The governor cautioned Nigerians to refrain from acts that could cause instability, saying that they should not take the law into their own hands even when aggrieved.
He said, “I came to meet the president. This is the opportunity to also brief him on the situation in my state, viz-a-viz operations and activities on insecurity.
“Imo is relatively very calm now; people are going about their business without any molestation. The security agencies have risen to the occasion. And the new Imo is bubbling.”
Speaking on IPOB’s sit-at-home order, he said, “In Imo State, it is not being observed. People are doing their businesses. Most people in Imo are businessmen and women who depend on their daily activities and income to feed their families. So, they cannot afford to sit at home idle and allow hunger to ravage the state.”
Quizzed about his requests from the President, Uzodimma said, “Yes, last time I spoke with you, I did tell you that part of my requests to Mr President was to intervene on some ecological issues in the state. To the glory of God, Mr President graciously approved it.
“As I speak to you, contracts for three erosion sites will be awarded any moment from now. And then Mr President has also approved the release of funds for payment to the contractors. So, it is a good one.”