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IPOB Denies Ordering A Sit-At-Home For #EndSARS Anniversary

IPOB Denies Ordering A Sit-At-Home For #EndSARS Anniversary 

Emma Powerful says, IPOB only authorized a sit-at-home order on Thursday to express support for its imprisoned leader, Nnamdi Kanu

By Omotayo Olutekunbi

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has denied rumors that it has ordered a three-day sit-in to mark the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests.

According to reports, IPOB proclaimed Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday to be sit-at-home days.

The organization, however, dismissed the claims as false news in a statement sent by its spokesperson, Emma Powerful, on Sunday, October 17, 2021.

IPOB only authorized a sit-at-home order on Thursday, according to Powerful, to show solidarity with its jailed leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who was arraigned by the Federal Government at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

He further stated that the organization canceled its weekly sit-at-home command after discovering that unknown individuals intended to use the order to cause mayhem in the South East region.

The statement reads in part, “The attention of the Indigenous People of Biafra ably led by our great and indefatigable leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has been drawn to the fabricated statement being circulated by mischief makers and paid agents of darkness that IPOB had directed Biafrans to sit-at-home Monday, October 18; Tuesday, October 19; and Thursday, October 21 for our leader, and One year anniversary of #EndSARS protest.

“We want to make it categorically clear that the above purported statement did not emanate from IPOB, and we completely dissociate with such falsehood. IPOB did not issue any sit-at-home order except on October 21 when our leader is expected to appear in court.”

Powerful, on the other hand, advised the group’s members to ignore the news.

The statement further reads, “For the sake of clarity, IPOB has not called for any sit-at-home except on Thursday, October 21 when our Leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will appear in court in Abuja. Biafrans will solidarise with him by staying indoors on that day because we are all in the struggle together. He did nothing to deserve any persecution by the federal government. We seriously warn all those behind this rumour to retrace their steps and stop tarnishing the good image of IPOB.

“As a responsible and responsive movement, we stopped Monday Sit-at-home in the interest of our people. When we discovered that hooligans and paid agents of death wanted to hijack the opportunity to unleash mayhem on our people and cleverly blame it on IPOB, we stopped it.”

Meanwhile, Nnamdi Kanu has called on his supporters to fast till his arraignment on Thursday, October 21, 2020.

Ifeanyi Ejiofor, Kanu’s lawyer, said the IPOB leader requested him to tell his supporters that he is strong and ready for his arraignment at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

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