After Months Of Endless Destruction, IPOB Says “No More Sit-At-Home Curfew” In Southeast

The separatist group said anyone who continues to enforce sit-at-home curfew is an enemy of the region.

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has warned against the enforcement of its controversial sit-at-home curfew in Southeast Nigeria.  

The spokesperson of the separatist group, Emma Powerful, said in a statement of Nov. 11, 2021, that anyone enforcing the sit-at-home order across the Southeast is an enemy of the region.  

“We the global movement and family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), wish to reiterate once again that IPOB has cancelled the Monday sit-at-home order and anybody or group enforcing the relaxed order is neither from IPOB nor from IPOB volunteer groups.”

The group, however, advised residents to ignore those enforcing ‘non-existent’ Monday sit-at-home orders and go about their normal businesses henceforth.

“Anyone caught adding to the pain of our people in the name of enforcing Monday’s sit-at-home order will be treated as the enemy that he or she is. We, therefore, warn these agents of darkness using the name of IPOB to enforce a non-existent sit-at-home to desist because if we lay hold on them they will eternally regret their evil actions.”

Powerful also advised community, market, and church leaders, as well as constituted authorities, to arrest anyone enforcing the sit-at-home order in the Southeast.

IPOB’s decision to cancel the sit-at-home is coming months after endless destruction in the region.

The sit-at-home order is a protest against the arrest and detention of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu, by the Nigerian Government. Residents of the Southeast region who have defied the sit-at-home order have been attacked many times by members of the group.

IPOB’s statement is also coming a day after Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja adjourned the trial of Kanu till January 19, 2021. 

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