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KANU’S TRIAL: IPOB declares sit-at-home on Tuesday, January 18, says there is no sit-at-home on Wednesday, January 19, Thursday, January 20

From COLLINS EZEJI, Owerri

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has declared sit-at-home in ‘Biafraland’ on Tuesday, January 18, in solidarity with the group’s leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who will be appearing in the Federal High Court, Abuja, on that day, in continuation of his trial on treasonable felony charges, levelled against him by the federal government.

IPOB has, however, said that there will be no sit-at-home on Wednesday, January 19 and Thursday 20, 2022, which are also days hosting judicial proceedings in the matter of Nnamdi Kanu versus the federal government of Nigeria, warning all those planning to enforce an undeclared sit-at-home on those days to back off or be ready to face the consequences of their illegal actions.

IPOB particularly warned about Monday, January 17, insisting that the earlier weekly (Monday) sit-at-home declared by the IPOB to enable ‘Biafrans’ solidarize with Mazi Kanu who, according to the group, was illegally detained by the federal government, had since September last year been called off following appeals from stakeholders in ‘Biafraland’ concerned about the deleterious consequences of weekly sit-at-home on the South East economy.

“(Therefore), anybody found enforcing non-existent Monday sit-at-home on the 17th and subsequently on the 19th and 20th of January 2022, is a criminal and must be treated as such; IPOB leadership has given the order and that order is what (must be obeyed),” IPOB declared in a statement released today (Saturday, January 15) by the group’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful.

“Following our Leader’s upcoming court proceedings on the 18th, 19th and 20th of January 2022 (next week), we wish to remind ‘Biafrans’ that there will be sit-at-home ONLY on 18th of January, and not 19th and 20th of January. In keeping with our avowed solidarity with our Leader, the entire Biafra land will be on lock down ONLY on January 18 for obvious reasons,” IPOB further stated in the release by Powerful.

“Biafrans should understand that 19th January is the judgment day in the suit by our Leader against the Federal Government which is pending before an Umuahia High Court (but), there will be no sit-at-home on that day.

“Again, we don’t want to compound the pains of our people, hence, we will limit the sit-at-home to ONLY January 18. Biafrans and residents of Biafra are free to go about their businesses without molestations on 19th and 20th January. Anybody found enforcing non-existent Monday sit-at-home on the 17th and subsequently on the 19th and 20th of January 2022, is a criminal and must be treated as such; IPOB leadership has given the order and that order is what (must be obeyed).

“Everybody must be careful because this wave that is coming will consume many and every principal of IPOB, mostly the coordinators, must know that it will bounce back on their heads if they don’t checkmate the activities of members and call them to order. IPOB is not a village or social club where people could behave as they please, with some acting like cultists and unleashing terror on their own people.

“It is on the table and to the knowledge of IPOB leadership how some principal officers were encouraging evils in IPOB without minding the repercussions and consequences but we want to make it categorically known to them that it will come back to him or her that encouraged evil against his or her fellow human beings, more so his or her own people.

“For the sake of clarity,, we reiterate that there will be no sit-at-home on January 19th and 20th. Nobody is expected to interfere with either human or vehicular movements on those days under any guise. Any detractor or agent of darkness caught obstructing  people’s activities in ‘Biafraland’ on January 19th and 20th in the name of enforcing sit-at-home will regret his or her actions.

“We realise that some unscrupulous elements and traitors in our midst are trying to create confusion about these days and are dishing out false information and propaganda trying to create confusion in ‘Biafraland’. IPOB never declared sit-at-home on 19th and 20th of January 2022. Therefore, we want all Biafrans to go to their normal businesses on these days without fear.

“Anybody issuing order for sit-at-home on 19th and 20th of January is not a member of IPOB. Such persons are working against the interest of our leader and the entire struggle for independence. They should be disregarded.

“For the umpteenth time, IPOB is under one Central Command and Control and does not have a parallel or factional leadership. The Directorate of State (DOS) under the command of our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, is in charge of the global movement of IPOB.

“Anybody who is not loyal to DOS is an impostor and should be disregarded.

“We expect our people everywhere to adhere to this directive and refuse to be misled by sacked members of IPOB in Europe and America. IPOB remains unshakeable, built and rooted on the rock and will remain so until the freedom for Biafra is fully achieved.”

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