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May 30: Be Ready For Consquences Of Your Action, DSS Tells IPOB, Others |The Republican News

IPOB members during rally

John Alechenu and Ogbonna Casmir

The Department of State Services has warned those behind the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra to have a rethink or be prepared to face the consequences of their action.

According to the service, it is prepared to maintain adequate security across Nigeria, saying it will not allow any person or group to obstruct the freedom of law-abiding citizens.

Spokesperson for the DSS, Peter Afunnaya, said this in a telephone interview with SUNDAY PUNCH, in Abuja, on Friday.

He was reacting to the May 30 sit-at-home order given by the IPOB in the South-East.

Afunnaya said, “The service will not condone people taking the law into their hands and obstructing the freedom of others. The constitution is clear on the fundamental human rights of people and no person should deliberately infringe on the rights of anyone outside the laws of the land.

“The service in the line of its mandate will ensure that adequate security is maintained in all parts of the country and people who take the law into the hands or cause the breakdown of law and order should be ready to face the consequences.”

He explained that for the avoidance of doubt, the warning applied to “all subversive elements” operating under any guise.

Meanwhile, the sit-at-home order by IPOB has continued to generate mixed reactions from some residents of Enugu State.

At Coal Camp motor spare parts market, the traders said though the market would open as directed by the state government, they would not be available for business.

A Toyota spare parts dealer, Monday Ngene, told SUNDAY PUNCH that he would obey the directive, though not as a member of the group but because of the reasons for it.

He said, “Our governors and the so-called leaders have failed to show the people leadership and direction. Therefore, since IPOB and other pro-Biafran movements have shown leadership, it is important to listen to them.

At Ogbete main market, another trader, who gave her name as Onyinye Ogbuabor, said she would go to the market, expressing the fear that she might not make good sales.

She said in the past when such directive was given, the market was usually open but customers and many traders wouldn’t come.

Mr Godwin Eze stated that he would go to work that day and his children would go to school.

“But you see, there is an issue here. Government doesn’t control transportation. In Enugu, public transport system is no longer functional. Most of the owners of the town service buses have a soft spot for the Biafran movement,” Eze added.

He believed that the success and failure of the order would largely depend on the availability of transport.

Also, the state Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria and the National Union of Road Transport Workers promised that their members would be available to transport commuters to their various destinations.

The chairman of the state RTEAN, Chidebere Aniagu, told SUNDAY PUNCH that his members would go to work that day like any other day.

He said, “We have notified our members to be on their routes to service the people.”

His counterpart in the NURTW, Matthew Asogwa, was said to have directed his members to work on May 30.

In a related development, the police in the state advised parents and guardians to prevent their children and wards from being used by any person or group to threaten the peace and safety in the state.

A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amaraizu, noted that the command would not fold its arms while anyone would foment trouble in the state.

“Those fanning the embers of any unlawful act of sit-at-home order on May 30, 2019 on law-abiding members of the public under any guise with a view to truncating the existing peace in the state will be fished out and be made to face the consequence of their act in line with the law,” he added.

Amaraizu said the state Commissioner of Police, Sulaiman Balarabe, urged all to be law abiding and go about their lawful business in the state before, during and after May 30 without fear of any intimidation or molestation from anyone. (Punch)

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Sit-at-home Order: You Are Proscribed, Your Activity Is Illegal – Police Warn IPOB

RN file photo: IPOB members during a protest march

The Anambra State Police Command has warned the Indigenous People Biafra not to dared it or be ready to face the consequences. The police warning followed insistence by IPOB that it would on 30th, May paralyse economic activities in the South-East and beyond with a sit-at-home protest.

According to the secessionist group, it would use the day to honour people of Biafra allegedly killed during the civil war of 1967-1970 and others allegedly killed recently by security agencies in different parts of the geopolitical zone.

But in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Haruna Mohammed, the command warned IPOB not to dare it by going on with the planned protest, reminding the pro-Biafra group that it remained a proscribed organisation.

The statement read in part, “Information at the disposal of the Anambra State Police Command has revealed that the outlawed group, Indigenous People of Biafra is perfecting plans through public announcement and threats in Nnewi and other parts of the State in order to enforce a “sit-at-home,” warning people to stay at home and not to come out for any business activities on the 30th of May,2019.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Indigenous People of Biafra is still a proscribed organisation hence all its activities remain illegal.

“The Commissioner of Police Anambra State, Mustapha Dandaura enjoined all Anambra people to disregard alleged calls by any group urging them to sit at home on the 30/5/2019 and go about their lawful businesses.

“The CP further assured the public that adequate security arrangements have been put in place by combined security forces in the State to nip in the bud any threat emanating from such groups.”

The statement added, “The Command will therefore not hesitate to deal decisively with and in accordance with the law any individual or groups under any guise that will disrupt public peace in the State”.

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Sit-at-home: IPOB’s Order Was Partially Successful, As Parts Of SE, SS Failed To Obey

By Our Correspondents

 

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The plan by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to assert its control over the people of the South-East and some parts of the South-South failed in most parts of the two zones yesterday.

The order by the group to the Igbo to sit at home, as a mark of remembrance of the Biafran struggle, was not obeyed in totality.

Last year, at the peak of the popularity of the group, it had shut down the whole of the South-East and parts of the South-South on May 30.

Anambra

The sit-at-home in Onitsha, the commercial hub of Anambra State, was successful.

The Onitsha main market, as well as other markets, was shut down. Commercial banks and other big companies in both cities were also shut.

Motor parks in Onitsha, Nnewi and Awka, the state capital, were deserted as not a single bus could be found on the road. As a result, roads were also deserted, especially in the early hours of the day.

In Awka, however, the main Eke Awka market opened in the morning following what was said to be an order from the government.

Leaders of the market had, on Tuesday, announced the closure of the market.

Also, the state secretariat was open with skeletal activities going on there. The courts opened for full sessions.

In Awka, banks opened their back doors for business for fear of attacks, but there was no report of any attack.

Ebonyi, Delta

In Ebonyi, the sit-at-home witnessed failure in the state.

In Abakaliki, the state capital, all the major markets, including the popular Abakaliki Main Market located along Gunning Road, Kpirikpiri market and Eke-Aba markets opened for business as buyers and sellers were seen transacting businesses when our correspondent visited at 10:30a.m.

The situation was the same as the mechanic village where artisans were seen doing their normal work.

All the schools in the state, both private and public, and filling stations opened for academic and commercial activities respectively.

However, few schools and shops at Nkaliki axis of the capital city refused to open for academic activities.

Although transport companies opened for activities, most of them refused to carry passengers to Asaba, Onitsha and Owerri.

Also, when New Telegraph visited banks in the capital city, normal commercial activities were ongoing.

Security agents made up of police, Army and Civil Defence were seen moving around streets and major roads in the capital city.

In the afternoon, a police helicopter was seen hovering around the capital city.

The sit-at-home order also failed in Delta State.

Public and private schools, banks, industries, shopping malls and marketplaces, especially the biggest Ogbogonogo Market, along the popular Nnebisi road in Asaba, the state capital, and the Midwifery Market along Okpanam road, were fully in session.

As early as 6 a.m. in Asaba yesterday, men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Anti-Crime Patrol, Safer Highways Patrol, Anti-Cult Patrol, Anti-Kidnapping Squad and the Eagle Eye Patrol, had mounted guards on the sensitive flash-points within the metropolis.

Enugu

In Enugu, there was partial compliance with the sit-at-home order.

But 21 members of the Biafra Zionists Federation (BZF) were arrested by the police while marching to the Enugu Government House.

Our correspondent who moved round Enugu metropolis observed that security operatives were stationed at some strategic points while the mobile team patrolled the whole state, even as traffic in most roads were scanty.

Most public and private schools were shut even as the few public schools that opened witnessed low turnout of students, although some of the schools were said to be observing mid-term break.

Banks opened for business, but there was low patronage by customers, just as activities at the Enugu State Secretariat was at a low ebb as the premises were scanty and lacking the usual boisterous mien during normal working days when workers move around.

The ever-busy Coal Camp motor spare parts market and the Ogbete Main Market, as well as other markets in Enugu, were a ghost of what they used to be as most shops remain shut, with only food vendors and drinking joints holding sway.

Similarly, the ever-busy Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium Shopping Complex along Ogui Road, Enugu was a ghost town as all the shops were shut.

Many traders and artisans were seen at various drinking joints.

Meanwhile, members of the BZF, led by their self-acclaimed President, Benjamin Onwuka, were at the Enugu Government House as early as 7a.m. with Biafra flags.

The group had earlier vowed to be at the Government House on May 30 for the purpose of declaration of Biafra Republic.

Our correspondent reports that upon their arrival at the Government House gate, they were rounded up by security operatives.

The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Superintendent of Police (SP) Ebere Amaraizu, confirmed the arrest of 21 agitators.

Our correspondent learnt that Onwuka and about 20 other members of the group were arrested while others escaped.

Imo

In Imo, residents defied the order as they freely went about their businesses ignoring the directive.

Unlike the last time it happened, markets, business offices, eatery joints and filling stations were all in full operations.

Not even the commercial banks which are usually careful and sensitive to issues of agitation were shut, as the Bank Road and banking hall bustled with activities.

The order did not stop civil servants, teachers and school children from reporting to their places of work and learning. Hawkers were not left out as the Bank Road/Assumpta Road hawkers were seen doing brisk business.

However, there was a heavy presence of security operative across the city.                       (New Telegraph)

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Successful Sit-At-Home Protest Shows That Biafra Is Near, Says Nnmadi Kanu

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IPOB leader and Radio Biafra Director, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu

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The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, on Wednesday  said the realisation of a Biafra republic was near.

Speaking through IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, Kanu described the level of compliance with the sit-at-home order on Tuesday as satisfactory.

He said he was encouraged by the outing, vowing that he would stop at nothing to ensure that the people of the area were liberated from the stranglehold of their oppressors.

He thanked “friends of Biafra and lovers of freedom all over the world for their tenacious efforts that made our Heroes Day Sit-At-Home Order a resounding success.”

The statement partly read, “In line with this remarkable sit-at-home held yesterday(Tuesday), I will not hesitate to congratulate the people of Abia State, Anambra State, Akwa Ibom State, Bayelsa State, Cross River State, Delta State, Ebonyi State, Enugu State, Imo State, Rivers State including the good people of Igbanke in Edo State, Igala clan in Kogi State and Idoma/Igede/Agatu in Benue State for sending a clear and unmistakable message to the whole world that this Biafra self-determination effort driven by IPOB is uncompromising.

“ The fact that our people obeyed the order to sit at home is confirmation that IPOB which I lead has the mandate of all Biafrans to spearhead the ongoing Biafra restoration effort.

“Special thanks goes to my deputy, Mazi Uche Mefor, our Directorate of State led by Mazi Chika Edoziem and the indescribably incredible IPOB family all over the world.”

He also acknowledged “those in the diaspora who poured themselves into the streets in distant and foreign lands in more than 98 countries of the world to honour and remember our fallen heroes and heroines who paid the ultimate price during the genocidal war against our people in 1967 and 1970.”

“With near total compliance with this sit-at-home order I issued when I was still in Kuje Prison Abuja, it has proven to me beyond every conceivable doubt that Biafra restoration is a priority to all and sundry and I promise never to let Biafra down even upon the pain of death because you never let me down.”

Meanwhile, the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, said that his command did not arrest any member of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra or IPOB during Tuesday’s protest.

Addressing newsmen on how his command was able to secure the state during the celebration, Ezike said that there was high presence of security personnel across the state, especially places he described as strategic and black spots.

Also, the Akwa Ibom State Police Command has said the state is not under any threat or influence from the activities of IPOB.

It said the show of force it conducted on Monday  with other security agencies was not intended to dislodge any perceived IPOB member, but to demonstrate the unity and synergy among the sister security agencies in the state.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Don Anwuna, said this in Uyo on Wednesday. He added that the police were prepared to contain any uprising.

He said, “We believe that internal security is better achieved through inter-agency collaboration and so the show of force is meant to instil confidence in the people that we are ready and have the capacity to protect them. It is also done in all local government divisional offices and area commands.”    (Punchng.com)

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BIAFRA: South East, South South Shut Down |The Republican News

 Residents obey sit-at-home order; banks, markets, schools closed

By Our Reporters

Yesterday’s sit-at-home order by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in commemoration of the 50 years anniversary of the declaration of the state of Biafra recorded huge success in virtually all the South East states and in some parts of South-South.

Our correspondents reported that commercial activities were paralysed in major cities in Abia, Anambra, Imo, Enugu and Bayelsa states. However, the sit-at-home order was said to have recorded partial compliance in Ebonyi State.

In Onitsha, the commercial hub of Anambra State,  there was no human and vehicular movements as markets, schools, banks, parks and filling stations were closed as residents and traders remained indoors in total compliance with the sit-at-home order.

However, police helicopter kept hovering in the air within the city of Onitsha while Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) were stationed at strategic places at Bridgehead, Nkpor Junction and (Dennis Memorial Grammar School) DMGS Junction to ensure there was no breakdown of law and order during the exercise.

Some residents, traders and members of IPOB gathered, singing and chanting solidarity songs to the admiration of observers and foreign media who spoke with some of them.

Kanu weeps at Nkpor

On Sunday night, leader of IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, broke down and wept at Nkpor, Idemili North Local Government, Area, Anambra State when he visited St. Edmund’s Catholic Church/Primary School where hundreds of Biafrans were allegedly murdered by Nigerian military and security operatives on May 30, 2016.

Kanu arrived the site at about 5:30pm and prayed to God Almighty (Chukwu Okike Abiama) for their souls to keep on fighting for the restoration of Biafra, which was the main reason they lost their lives.

Yesterday, the popular and ever busy Upper Iweka looked like a ghost town while major roads in Onitsha were virtually deserted.

In Imo State, there was  total paralysis of commercial activities in Owerri, state capital, as major markets, schools, commercial banks and shopping malls shut their doors to customers in compliance with the sit-at-home order by IPOB.

Similarly, there was no vehicular movement, as major roads of Owerri like Bank, Tetlow, MCC, Okigwe and Douglas roads were deserted. Few passengers  who were on transit were stranded. Owerri residents complied with the order as they remained indoors while major markets, including Ekeukwu along Douglas road and Relief  along Egbu road, Shoprite, Everyday Super markets, commercial banks, schools and motor parks were shut down.

Mrs. Oluchi Uchenwa said she arrived Owerri as early as 7:00am to travel to Port Harcourt, but could not get a vehicle due to the sit-at-home order by IPOB.

At the state secretariat, some of the civil servants who reported to work said they did so because of the threat of sack from the state government.

In Umuahia, Abia State capital, there was compliance to the order from morning till about noon, before vehicular and human movements started gradually.

Most of the shops, offices and markets did not open for business as usual as only few people were seen moving  about.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Leye Oyebade, was seen patrolling Umuahia with an entourage of about seven vehicles, apparently to forestall possible breakdown of law and order.

The management of private schools in the city had sent text messages to their students not to come to school yesterday in order not to attract the wrath of the Biafra agitators.

Banks did not open for business until about 12noon when customers were admitted through back doors. Shops were half open for those who could risk it.

Aba, the commercial hub of Abia State, was literally shut down yesterday as economic and business activities were totally paralysed.

Major markets, including Ariaria, Cemetery, Ahia Ohuru (New Market), Shopping Centre, Asa Nnetu Spare parts market and Ehere, among others were all closed.

Government offices in Aba north, Aba south, Osisioma and Obingwa Local Government headquarters were all closed as workers stayed at home, while there was no life in several motor parks across the city in total compliance of the sit-at-home order.

In Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital and its environs, business activities were paralysed yesterday following the order.

Daily Sun checks showed all  business outfits and locations owned by Igbo traders and supporters of Biafra struggle were not opened,  even at the time of filing the report.

Also,  traffic jam,  which Port Harcourt is known for on major routes like Ikwerre and Aba roads disappeared. Passengers struggled to get vehicles to continue their journey.

Banks also experienced low patronage as a result of the Biafra sit-at-home order.

In Delta, some business outfits, including markets were shut yesterday in Asaba, state capital in partial compliance of the sit-at-home order.

Some of the owners of small scale business outfits and shops within the popular Ogbogonogo Market, Daily Sun gathered, decided not to open for business for fear of being molested by Biafra agitators.

However, areas considered as strongholds of Biafra settlers, including Omeligboma, Abraka, Okwe, Osadennis Way and others were completely shut as residents observed the directive issued by IPOB.

Regardless, IPOB, yesterday claimed that over 76 countries observed and participated in the peaceful march to honour Biafran fallen heroes who died during the civil war between 1967 and 1970 and otherswho died in the struggle.

The group, however, congratulated Biafrans and all IPOB family members worldwide, for their compliance with the order issued by its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

A statement by IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Mr. Emma Powerful, said: “Biafrans have proven to the entire world that they need freedom and the world must know that we are not going back in the quest for independence of Biafra.”

Referendum’ll be a walk over –MASSOB

Leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Uchenna Madu, said the huge success recorded in yesterday’s sit-at-home call would make the coming Biafra referendum a walk over against Nigeria.

In a statement of appreciation to the people of Biafra, Madu said the success had also shown the difference between Chief Ralph Uwazurike’s Biafra Independent Movement (BIM) and other pro Biafra groups, including MASSOB and IPOB.

He said: “The huge success is an express evidence that the coming Biafra referendum shall be a walk over against Nigeria.

“It is an indication to international communities that Biafrans are ever willing to stay on their own. MASSOB is not against Nigeria’s existence; Biafra nation can as well exist as a sister nation with Nigeria like any other African country.

“The success achieved today is not a selfish pride for Nnamdi Kanu-led IPOB or Uchenna Madu-led MASSOB or any other group, it is an honour for the people of Biafra, it is an honour for the gallant and eloquent soldiers of Biafra and civilians that bravely laid down their lives for establishment of Republic of Biafra, it is an honour for Biafra school children, an honour to commercial cyclists, tricycles, buses and other vehicle operators, it is an honour to the cooperate firms/establishments that complied with the sit-at-home exercise.”

Reps warns security agents against use of maximum force

Yesterday, the House of Representatives adopted a motion, urging the military and other security agencies to refrain from using maximum force in the South East  and South South, where members of  IPOB ordered a sit-at-home yesterday.

This was sequel to a motion moved by Obinna Chidoka, under Matter of Urgent Public Importance,  at yesterday’s plenary on the need to urge security agencies  deployed to the area to exercise caution in discharging their duties.

Chidoka,  in his lead debate,  said the motion was necessary to avoid a repeat of bloodshed that occurred last year at Nkpor in Anambra State,  when security agents clashed  with residents of the area during the sit-at-home order by IPOB .

He said since that unfortunate killings, there has been tension in the South-East and South South.

Chidoka, who argued that the motion borders on the unity of the country, said it is imperative for security agencies to exercise maximum caution and discipline even in the face of provocation,   especially as yesterday  also doubled as the 50th anniversary of the declaration of the defunct Eastern  region as an independent state of Biafra.

Meanwhile, IPOB leader, Kanu has thanked Biafrans for obeying the order. He said yesterday’s event showed that the people are one in the struggle.

This was even as the director of Radio Biafra lambasted the founder of MASSOB/BIM, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, for what he described as the latter’s fruitless efforts to sabotage the order.

Speaking through his younger brother, Prince Emmanuel Kanu, from their Afara Ukwu, Umuahia base, the IPOB leader said it was heart warming to note that the sit-at-home order was obeyed beyond his imagination.

He said: “Nnamdi Kanu has sacrificed all he has for the struggle, and by compliance to the sit-at-home order, it means the people are totally in support of what he is doing, and I don’t think he will go back since he has received this type of support.”     (The Sun)

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Sit-At-Home: Tension, Anxiety In South East, South South |The Republican News

BIM backs out

From Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha, Petrus Obi, Enugu, George Onyejiuwa, Owerri,  Paul Osuyi, Asaba, Aloysius Attah, Onitsha

Residents of major cities and towns in the South East and the South South, are gripped with fear of the unknown, following sit-at-home order declared today, by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The order was called by IPOB, to honour Biafran fallen heroes who died during the civil war between 1967 and 1970.

Some residents of Anambra, Enugu and Owerri are apprehensive of what may happen, if they violate the order, while others, have interpreted the order to mean declaration of war.

But, Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB)/ Biafra Independent Movement (BIM) has backed out of the sit-at-home order.

To that effect, Police  Commissioners in the regions have urged citizens to ignore the order.

They urged citizens to go about their normal businesses  without fear of harassment and molestation by anybody, saying they are ever ready for eventualities.

In Onitsha, the commercial city of Anambra State, since there is the likelihood that markets may not open for business, investigations by Daily Sun revealed that traders from far and near flooded various market to buy goods and travel back to their various places  to avoid being stranded on that day.

Also, the food stuffs and condiments market, Ose Okwodu Market, was crowded with buyers.

There was security beef-up in Onitsha as both the Police, Army, Navy and Civil Defence Corps were on ground to ensure the security of lives and property in case of eventualities. Security agents were stationed at various strategic places with  combined patrol teams moving round the town in show of force.

Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Sam Okuala, while urging residents  to ignore the sit-at-home order, asked them to go about their normal businesses  without fear of harassment and molestation by anyone, assuring that the police is ever ready for eventualities.

While threatening to deal ruthlessly with any person causing breach of peace, he warned parents to ensure that their children and wards remain calm and ensure peaceful movement.

Owerri, Imo State residents engaged in frantic purchase of food items and other necessities as a result of the order.

A visit to Ekeukwu and Relief Markets both  in Owerri, also showed that there were panic buying among residents.

This was just as both public and private schools in the state capital have reportedly been asked to remain at home to avoid any untoward development.

But, the Imo State police command, in a statement issued by the Commissioner of Police,  Chris Ezike, advised members of the public to disregard publications and posts circulating in the social media by pro Biafra agitators directing law abiding citizens to sit-at-home on May 30 in remembrance of the struggle for Biafra independence. He said the publications are not only inciting, but, represent unpatriotic and hostile propaganda against the sovereignty of Nigeria.

Similarly, the Enugu Police Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amaraizu,  said it would not disturb anybody who voluntarily decides to obey the order, but warned that it would not tolerate any attempt to coerce innocent citizens to comply.

In Abia State, the Nigerian Police helicopter has been flying round the city of Umuahia, the state capital, at almost roof top level.

It was also gathered that the concentration of the air patrol is not unconnected with the fact that the founder of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, hails from Umuahia.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for Abia, Mr Geoffery Ogbonna, could not be reached on phone, but an officer at the Central Police Station (CPS), told Daily Sun that it was a “Show of Force to remind IPOB boys to maintain peace and order and reassure innocent citizens of their safety.”

MASSOB/BIM) stated it had already celebrated Biafra anniversary on May 22, 2017 and maintained that Biafra anniversary which was May 30 during the era of late Emeka Odimegwu Ojukwu was changed to May 22, when Ralph Uwazuruike succeeded Ojukwu.

The group’s Elders’ Counci, in Asaba, Delta State, yesterday, lamented the mix-up, and said  history has bestowed the leadership on Uwazuruike, after Ojukwu’s death.

Also, MASSOB/BIM has threatened to storm Anambra Police State Command Headquarters with millions of their members if the police delays in releasing their members arrested during their Biafran independence rally celebration on Monday last week.

MASSOB-BIM leader for Anambra South Zone, Chief Arinze Igbani who sounded this warning in Uga, Aguata Local Government Area after their zonal meeting, alleged that eight of the group members have been in police custody since their recent peaceful rally which shook Onitsha city.

Also, Archbishop of Enugu Province, Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma,  has said the clergy are not in support of the order.

Chukwuma made this known during the Democracy Day celebration and second year anniversary of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi in Enugu, yesterday.

The cleric, called on people in the South-East  to “go about their legitimate businesses,” and insisted the clergy were against the declaration.

Uchenna Ike who spoke to Daily Sun said he was at the Ekeukwu Owerri to buy food stuffs for his family as they have been told that the markets would not be open on Tuesday (today) as IPOB has asked everybody to stay at home.

It was the same for Mrs. Ijeoma Okere who deals in food items that she had to open at least to make some sales as they have been informed that all markets should be closed on Tuesday because of Biafra Day.

“We advise the people of the state to go about their normal businesses without any fear of attack and molestation, we will provide enabling environment for peaceful movement. We shall deploy patrol teams on the roads to ensure that nobody would be harassed,” the CP assured.

But, Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful expressed readiness for the sit-at-home exercise to remember and honour the fallen heroes and heroines.

“We must remember and honour those who died for our freedom during the war of genocide against Biafrans by Nigeria Government in 1967 and 1970. Those our fathers and mothers who fought gallantry for our freedom but still alive today, must also be remembered in two minutes prayer immediately it is 12 noon on that day.

“Also, we must remember, honour and pray for those who died during our peaceful protests and rallies in Aba, Nkpor/Onitsha, Igweocha, Ahaba (a.k.a Asaba).

“The sit-at-home order issued by IPOB leadership still stands, no business, no movement both human and vehicular, no protest or rally, if you come out on the streets whatever you see don’t blame anybody, a word is enough for the wise. Security operatives are prepared to deal with anyone seen outside from 6:00am till 6:00pm in the evening.

“We also pray to Almighty God (Chukwu Okike Abiama) to guide and protect every Biafran who abides to this clarion call today and all the journalists both home and those foreign observers who arrived to monitor or cover this memorable event. More especially, the journalists in Biafraland who will be moving around to cover the event of our fallen heroes and heroines in front of Nigeria security operatives, may God Almighty bless and guide you people.” he stated.

Meanwhile, IPOB yesterday raised the alarm over alleged incessant rains of bullets by the combined forces of security operatives.

The group alleged that soldiers and police were yesterday shooting sporadically in Aba, where IPOB members were evangelising over the honour and remembrance of our fallen heroes and heroines scheduled to hold today.

“We want to put the whole world on notice of the plan of Nigeria and security agencies. Also, Nigeria Air force were also hovering around Umuahia near the house of our supreme leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu which made the people living around Afara Ukwu Ibeku  to be ruining helter-skelter and scampering for safety.

“We are calling on men and women of good conscience across the globe, United Nations, European Union, African Union, Amnesty International and other relevant human rights organisations including Human Rights Watch to call the government and security agencies to order because we are only remembering the 50 years of Biafra declaration by Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu”.

“Biafrans and IPOB members worldwide must honour and remember those killed and starved to death during the war,” Powerful stated.  (The Sun)

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BIAFRA: Tension In Enugu Over Sit-At-Home Protest, SARS Officers Get Ready

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Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu

There was tension in Enugu, and other major cities in the South-East, on Monday, over the sit-at-home protest planned by pro-Biafra agitators to mark the Biafra Day on May 30.

Pro-Biafra groups, the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, and the Indigenous People of Biafra, have ordered the closure of markets, and restriction of movement, to honour the memory of Biafra war heroes, and slain activists.

However, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has directed the Commissioners of Police to place their men and equipment on red alert to deal “decisively” with the Biafra agitators.

Our correspondent observed the deployment of anti-riot policemen at strategic locations in Enugu on Monday evening.

Combat ready police teams were cited around major markets in the metropolis, as well as the federal and state civil service secretariats.

In the same vein, the Enugu State Police Command, on Monday evening, said it would deal decisively with anybody or group that attempts to stop people from going about their normal activities.

The spokesman, Enugu State Police Command, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, who gave the warning in a statement, said the police is working with other security agencies to forestall the breakdown of law and order.

“Ahead of the planned sit-at-home order being circulated by IPOB, MASSOB, amongst others, the Enugu State Command of the Nigeria Police Force has advised members of the public to disregard such order and go about their normal lawful business.

“The Command is also advising law-abiding members of the public to watch out for any person or group of persons under any guise who will come to intimidate, threaten or force them to shut down their offices or shops and report such threat to any nearby police station.

“The Command in partnership with other sister security agencies and relevant bodies have put in place adequate machinery as security apparatus have been mobilized to fish out those in this habit and bring them to book.

“The Command has advised those intending to carry out this unpatriotic and unlawful act to change from this, as the Command working in partnership with other sister agencies in the state, will not sit and fold its arms and see innocent and law-abiding citizens of the state being molested or threatened by any person or group of persons,” Amaraizu said in the statement.

The police spokesman also released phone numbers, and social media platforms, through which members of the public could reach the Command to report any breach of law and order on May 30.   (Punchng.com)

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Police Declares Biafra Sit-At-Home Illegal; Warns IPOB, MASSOB, BIM, Others

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The Nigeria Police Force on Friday afternoon declared illegal, protests and order of market closure in the south-eastern states planned to hold on May 30, 2017 by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Biafra Independence Movement (BIM), and other like groups.

“The Nigeria Police Force is deeply concerned with the security implications with regards to the renewed hostilities and subversive propagandas aimed at undermining law and order in some states of the Federation by these groups, their associates, sponsors, apologists and sympathisers,” Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Jimoh O. Moshood, said.

He disclosed: “Consequently, the Commissioners of Police in the affected states and their supervising Assistant Inspectors General of Police, have been directed by the Inspector General of Police to be strict, polite, civil and firm in dealing with the situation and put all the Police Personnel and Police Anti-Riot equipments on red alert to deal decisively in accordance with the law with any eventuality from these groups, that can disrupt commercial activities, vehicular movements and safety of lives and properties in some States of the Federation considered to be flash/vulnerable points which have witnessed the unfortunate disturbance of public peace by these groups in the recent past.”

Continuing, the Force Spokesman spat fire, saying: “The Force sees the activities of these groups as not only unlawful but highly provocative and capable of causing breach of the peace currently being enjoyed in the South East States and other States of the Federation. The planned protests and orders of Market closure and illegal unilateral self imposed restrictions of vehicular movements by these groups in the affected States should be disregarded by all well meaning Nigerians. The Nigeria Police Force, hereby advised the members of the public to go about their lawful duties and other responsibilities without any fear or apprehension as adequate security arrangements have been put in place for the safety of every Nigerian throughout the country by Nigeria Police Force and other Security agencies.

“The Nigeria Police Force is not unaware of the rights of every Nigerian to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association and freedom of movement, as essentials of democracy provided by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended particularly sections 38, 39, 40 and 41. However, these rights must be observed with decorum, in good faith and without violating the rights of other millions of Nigerians to free movements and access to public/private facilities and their means of livelihood on daily basis.

“The Nigeria Police while observing the rights of all Nigerians as stated above is equally conscious of the fact that these rights are not absolute as section 45 of the same Constitution provide for derogations to these rights. Consequently, the Police will resist the action(s) of any person or group of persons for whatever course that is against the interest of public defence, public safety, public order, public morality and a threat to the rights and freedom of other Nigerians.

“The Force will continue to Police the Country based on international core values and best practices and operate within the Principles of Democratic Policing but will not succumb and tolerate criminal activities of any group(s) under any guise to cause disturbance of public peace and unleash mayhem on innocent Nigerians anywhere in the country.

“As a result, the Police Force is hereby calling on the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the Biafran Independence Movement (BIM), the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) to consider the consequences of their actions and activities and without delay and call themselves to order in the interest of National Security, and safety of lives and properties of every Nigerian across the Nation as the full weight of the law will be made to bear on violators of the laws.

“The Nigeria Police Force will not hesitate to deal decisively with any group(s) and their sponsors that attempt to cause disturbance of the peace or carry out any unlawful demonstration, unlawful assembly/procession or gathering and public disobedience that can jeopardise law and order and harmonious co-existence within and amongst Nigerians throughout the country. The fact that freedom of expression as one of the dictates of democracy is being observed by the Police, should not be misconstrued as liberty by any group(s) for sectional or group interest to violate the laws and cause mayhem, confusion and apprehension in the minds of more than about one hundred and seventy millions Nigerians.

“The Force will continue to carry out its Constitutional duties and other statutory responsibilities in accordance with the law of the land and for the utmost protection of lives and properties of all Nigerians across the country.”  

Source: News Express

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BIAFRA DAY: IPOB Extends Sit-At-Home Order To 14 Cities In Nigeria

From Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Aloysius Attah, Onitsha and Petrus Obi, Enugu 

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has extended its sit-at-home order declared on May 30, 2017 to other parts of Nigeria where Biafrans and supporters reside.
The order was extended to states like Kano, Kaduna, Jos, Makurdi, Ibadan, Benin, Abuja, Lagos, Lokoja, Gigawa, Jalingo, Mubi, Yola, Lafia, among others.
Despite several warnings by security agencies against the order, IPOB insisted that the order must hold to honour Biafran fallen heroes who lost their lives during the civil war between 1967 and 1970.
A statement by IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Mr. Emma Powerful said its leader, Nnamdi Kanu had written to all governors, market, religious and community leaders in Biafraland to help ensure that May 30 would be memorable in the history of  this country.
“This sit-at-home order/remembrance and honour of our fallen heroes slated to be observed on May 30, will be the best thing to happen to the people of Biafra since 50 years.
“It will be  monitored by international observers, after which the struggle for Biafra freedom, will move to another level.
“Therefore, everybody, both old and young, man and woman must stay indoors, no protest, no human or vehicular movements in Biafraland from 6:00 am to 6:00pm on that day.
“Biafrans world over must honour and remember our fallen heroes and heroines who died for our freedom between 1967 and 1970, those who died during our peaceful rally and protest from August 30, 2015 till date.
“Biafrans and IPOB members worldwide living outside Biafraland should present a written letter containing the plights of our people to the authorities and governments of their respective countries.
“The people of Biafra will not fail to honour and remember those who contributed immensely to fight and save the lives of our children, some of whom were starved to death by the policy of the then government.
“We will celebrate and honour Mr. Mathew Tawo Mbu from Ogoja, he was the Biafran foreign minister from the beginning to the end of the war, Captain Willy Murray Bruce, this man was second in command of the Biafran Air force, this Ijaw man fought to the last to defend his country Biafra, Ambassador Ignatius Kogbara, this man from Ogoni was a Biafran envoy to London, he was the very last man to surrender during the war of genocide against our people.
“Again, we will not forget to remember the efforts of Col. Willy Achibong (one of the bravest officers in Biafra Army), Col. Nsudo, Col. Etuk, Bob Egbiko and the efforts of few Yoruba men who fought on the side of Biafra will never be in vain like Adeleke, Fola Oyewole, Major Wale Ademoyega and many others.
“We must remember them in two minutes prayer immediately it is 12 noon on that day. We must remember them in prayer, both the dead and those still alive today,” Powerful said.
It’s to honour Ojukwu –MASSOB
Movement for the Actualisation of a Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), has described the sit-at-home as an honour to the late Biafra leader, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu- Ojukwu.
In a statement issued by MASSOB Director of Information, Edeson Samuel called on all Igbo to observe the sit-at-home as a mark of honour to the late Ikemba of Nnewi and all the Biafra soldiers who died during the Nigeria Civil war of 1967- 1970.
The statement urged all pro-Biafra agitators to support the sit-at-home, describing it as part of civil disobedience which is necessary in the struggle for self rule.
“The sit-at-home is not for the interest of any particular group but for the interest of Biafrans. MASSOB and IPOB are urging all schools, markets, transporters and companies in Biafra land to support.
“Also, all biafrans in diaspora should observe the sit- at -home. It is important for us to make it clear that Nigerian security agents have planned to shoot at sight anybody they see that day, to be on the safe side, it’s better we stay at home to avoid this blood suckers.
In a related development, the Customary Government of Indigenous People of Biafra (CG-IPOB) has announced a three-day golden jubilee celebration as a mark of respect and honour to gallant Biafra soldiers and civilians who sacrificed their precious lives while fighting for freedom.
In a statement signed by  Ndubuisi Anaenugwu, Director of Information, CG-IPOB said May 28, 2017 has been declared a day of  prayer  for the souls of all those that died.
He said Biafrans are directed to book masses in their various churches with praying for the repose of the souls of all those who sacrificed their lives fighting for the freedom of the indigenous people of Biafra  that their sacrifices will not be in vain.  (The Sun)

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