What You Need To Know About IPOB sit-at-home Order

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Nnamdi Kanu

IPOB sit-at-home was an order imposed by the members of the indigenous people of biafra to protest against the arrest of their separatist leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

The order was imposed in the south eastern states of Nigeria including; Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo state.

According to a statement by IPOB, the sit-at-home order requires that “all institutions public and private, transport companies, schools, banks, markets, airports and sea ports in Biafra land must shut down every Monday beginning from August 9.”

However, there have been reports of attacks in some the states affected.

Streets in Awka

In Anambra state for instance, reports has it that gunmen attacked 2 police men on Monday at Nnewi.

Similarly, one person was killed and two transport buses were burnt at Nkwoogwu-Mbaise in Imo state. BBC Igbo further gathered that there were gunshots in Orlu, also in Imo state.

The Police command in Imo did not offer any comment to these according to BBC Igbo.

Deserted roads in Aba
PHOTO: BBC Pidgin

Attacks have not been reported yet in Ebonyi state but streets and public areas have been deserted. Private schools have also shut down, particularly schools writing private WAEC exams.

In Anambra, the state government have issued out an order that any worker who fails to go to work would face sanction, therefore, workers complied to the to avoid sanction.

 

What are the South eastern Governors saying?

Statements have been published by the state governors denouncing the sit-at-home order by IPOB. They urged citizens to ignore the order and go about their normal activities.

In a statement by the state media and publicity, Ebonyi state, Governor David Nweze Umahi said;

“I wish to inform the general public that Monday, August 9, 2021, is a working day, just like every other working day in the state. Therefore, markets, banks, schools, etc. would operate normally.”.

Imo state Commissioner of Police, CP Abutu Yaro aslo urged residents to ignore any stay at home orders from people he described as “illegitimate persons and entities that parade the airwaves with innocuous fallacies and fantasies”.

IPOB says the sit-at-home order will persist every Monday until Nnamdi Kanu is released from custody.

 

Latest On Nnamdi Kanu’s Case

On 26 July, 2021, the resumed hearing of separatist leader, Nnamdi Kanu was adjourned because he was not physically present at the trial.

The presiding Judge, Justice Binta Nyako said the case would only proceed if the defendant, Kanu appears in court.

Reasons for his absence were not disclosed, however, after a closed door meeting with the lawyers, the case was adjourned until 20 October, 2021.

Nnamdi Kanu

Kanu is charged with crimes that border on terrorism, treasonable felony, illegal possession of arms, among others leveled against him by the Nigerian government.

Requests posed by Kanu’s lawyers to transfer the defendant to Nigeria correctional center for his safety was denied by the Judge.

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