The Indigenous People of Biafra has once again disavowed any involvement in the use of force to enforce the sit-at-home exercise in the South-East region.
The separatist group emphasised that for the purpose of resolving the issue of insecurity in the South-East region, the Federal Government should adhere to the court’s ruling and release their leader, Nnamdi Kanu, without any conditions.
In a press release issued by Emma Powerful, the spokesperson of IPOB, the organisation expressed its disapproval of the statement made by the Nigerian Army, which associated IPOB with the frequent implementation of sit-at-home directives in the region.
Powerful said, “The Army Chief, Taoreed Lagbaja, will not claim ignorance of all the previous press releases written by IPOB led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu disassociating ourselves from Simon Ekpa and his criminal sit-at-home enforcers.
“For the avoidance of doubt, IPOB is not responsible for Mondays nor failed seven-day and purported two-week sit-at-home orders and enforcement. The reckless and abusive sit-at-home strategy is from the autopilot group led by Simon Ekpa. We have consistently made it known that Simon Ekpa and his autopilot group are not IPOB members and do not represent Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in their violent enforcement of sit-at-home orders.
“If indeed the Federal Government and her security agencies are interested in the peace of the South-East, they should release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu unconditionally as pronounced by the Appeal Court of Nigeria in Abuja, and see their sponsored criminal agents using Kanu’s detention to perpetrate crime go into oblivion and fade away.”
The organisation warned the army chief not to terrorise South-East residents while pretending to be chasing enforcers of the sit-at-home movement, adding that “the government of Bola Ahmed Tinubu should not toe the same line of the past government.”