The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has declared a sit-at-home in Imo State as President Muhammadu Buhari undertakes a one-day working visit to the state.
President Buhari is billed to visit the state on Thursday, September 9, during which he will commission some infrastructural projects executed by the state government.
The projects include the balloon technology-driven underground tunnel with surface drainage, Naze-Nekede-Ihiagwa Road, Egbeada By-pass and the newly-built Exceutive Chambers.
Also to be commissioned are Chukwuma Nwoha Road, Control Post-Port Harourt Road, World Bank Road and Aladinma inland roads.
But IPOB in a statement dated Tuesday, September 7, 2021 and signed by Mazi Chika Edozie, Head of Directorate of State, enjoined the citizens of the state to remain indoors throughout the day.
The separatist orgainzation said staying indoors is in solidarity with its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who is being held in solitary confinement by the Buhari administration.
The IPOB enjoined other parts of South East region to observe the lockdown, saying that the president was not worthy to set his foot on the soil of the South East.
Kanu was rearrested late June in Kenya, ferried to the country and rearraigned before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja on July 2.
Justice Nyako adjourned the matter to July 29 only to readjourn the case again to October 21 following the failure of the Department of State Security (DSS), in whose custody Kanu has been, failed to produce him in court.
Recall that Kanu was first arrested in 2015 and granted bail in 2017. But before the adjounred date of September 14, 2017, Nigerian soldiers stormed his residence in Afara-Ukwu in Abia State, killing about 28 persons.
His lawyer, Aloy Ejimakor said he was able to escape during the military action unhurt by sheer providence.