… Pledges to replace burnt properties, school blocks
… Vows to deal with anyone caught enforcing sit-at-home order
Contrary to reports in some sections of the media, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has dissociated itself from the attack on a school in Imo State leading to disruption of the ongoing West African School Certificate Examination (WAEC) and burning of motorbikes and school blocks in the premises.
Speaking in a statement on Tuesday, Media and Publicity Secretary, IPOB, Comrade Emma Powerful noted that IPOB strongly condemned the attack describing it as a stupid madness.
“Whoever was behind such barbarity must be made to pay for their actions”, he said.
Powerful noted that the IPOB leadership had promised to replace those motorbikes burnt in the school and rebuild the school blocks burnt by hoodlums in the name of Eastern Security Network (ESN) and IPOB volunteers.
According to him, “This is not to portray or indicate that IPOB committed the heinous crimes against our people and promise to set up taskforce to checkmate those parading themselves as IPOB volunteers and those committing this crime against humanity and our people. We plead with Biafrans to bear with us for this dastardly act against humanity that they are using to disrepute and demonize IPOB in the world.
“We are calling on the school management and those their properties were destroyed to contact any IPOB office nearest to them for possible payments of their properties.”
He, however, reiterated that IPOB had no other sit-at-home order after 14th September, 2021 adding that any other purported sit-at-home including the suspended weekly sit-at-home on Mondays did not exist in the diary of IPOB.
“In fact, after September 14, there is no other sit-at-home this week. Any contrary news or speculations to this effect should be ignored”, he added.
The IPOB spokesman went on to warn that anybody trying to enforce any sit-at-home order using the name of IPOB is a saboturer and does so at his own peril saying, “If we catch anybody disturbing the peace of Biafrans or residents in Biafra land under the guise of enforcing non-existent sit-at-home order, such a person will regret his actions because he will receive the reward of traitors.”
While stating that IPOB is a responsible organization with reasoning and empathy, he further said, “We cannot be part of the problem we are trying to solve, we cannot join the enemies to compound the woes of our people we are fighting to liberate. That was why we suspended the ghost Mondays that we earlier declared because of the economic implications to our people.
“We listened to appeals by the people and reviewed our stance on the matter then. That was why we reduced the sit-at-home protests to the days our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will be making appearances in court. That is enough for now and we stand by it.
“Anybody trying to impose another sit-at-home order on our people or enforce illegal or imaginary sit-at-home is not IPOB, and must be dealt with. Such a person(s) are working with the enemies to disrepute IPOB, and we won’t tolerate such stupidity.”
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