The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, says its sit-at-home directive would take effect from Monday, August 9, 2021 and observed every Monday from 6:00am to 6:00pm, particularly in the South East, until its detained leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is released.
In a statement released by Emma Powerful, IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, the exercise is designed to show the world how serious the group is towards this fight for Biafra freedom and independence.
IPOB alleged that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was unlawfully abducted in Kenya and illegally detained by the Federal Government of Nigeria. Therefore Biafra land will be on lockdown every Monday from 6:00am to 6:00pm until Nnamdi Kanu is released from detention.
All private and public institutions, banks, schools, markets, transport companies, airports and seaports in Biafra land must shut down every Monday effective August 9.
The group warned that nobody should flout the directive, because doing so might attract huge consequences.
IPOB advised people of the zone to be prepared as the exercise would cripple the economy, adding that no sacrifice is too much for Kanu, who had sacrificed so much for the actualisation of the Republic. The group stressed that IPOB will not relent until Biafra is fully achieved
It alleged that their leader, Nnamdi Kanu, is under serious torture and humiliation because he refused all their offers and cautioned the DSS not to allow anything untoward happen to him.
It maintained that their leader is not a criminal and has the right to be visited in his custody. So the federal government must allow him access to his personal physicians and to allow him sign documents given to him by the British Government to provide him consular assistance.
The group noted that their leader is languishing in detention and threatened to cripple the Nigerian economy until he is freed.