The Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB has given the five state governors in the Southeast a 14 day ultimatum from Sunday to come up with a regional security apparatus in the mould of Amotekun as thrown up by the Southwest governors.
IPOB said that at the end of the 14 day period it would deploy its Eastern Security Network, ESN operatives to immediately start the enforcement of the 1969 law banning open grazing in the country.
The call was immediately rejected by the Imo State governor, Hope Uzodinma who said that IPOB had no basis for giving the governors the directive.
IPOB issued the statement through its spokesman, Emma Powerful.
“We wish to humbly and most submissively call upon all the governors of the East to, as a matter of urgency, ban all manner of open grazing in the region in compliance with the 1969 statutory law of Nigeria that banned such provocative and primitive practice by Fulani herdsmen.
“The bold step taken by Yoruba governors in banning open grazing in their region is commendable and as such MUST be reciprocated and consolidated by a similar pronouncement in the East.
“If after 14 days there is no firm and decisive action by Eastern governors to ban open grazing in our land, Eastern Security Network, ESN, will step in to commence the enforcement of this 1969 Anti-Grazing Law across the entire region. Don’t say you were not informed or given prior warning.”
However, the plea was immediately rejected by Uzodinma who questioned IPOB’s capacity to give the call.
Speaking through his commissioner for information, Declan Emelumba, he said:
‘’I don’t know the basis he is issuing the ultimatum. Is he the boss of the governors or superior authority? The governors will look at his appeal at their discretion,” Emelumba told Vanguard.
‘’The threat aspect is wrong. He has no right to talk of enforcement. The South-East governors will always take decision based on the best interest of the people who elected them.’’