The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has refuted the authenticity of an audio message circulating on social media, which calls for a week-long sit-at-home protest from July 3 to 10 in the Southeast region.
The sit-at-home directive, allegedly attributed to IPOB under the hashtag #FreeNnamdiKanu, aims to exert pressure on the Federal Government to release Nnamdi Kanu, who is currently held in the Department of State Services (DSS) custody.
According to the audio message, severe consequences await anyone who ventures outside their homes during the designated period.
However, in response to an inquiry, IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Mr. Emma Powerful, confirmed to DAILY POST on Wednesday that the audio message did not originate from their organization.
“We know who is responsible for instigating the sit-at-home order and the individual unlawfully destroying our land. I will release an official press statement addressing this issue two to three days before the declared date in the audio. However, at this moment, the leadership of IPOB has advised me not to give it attention or publicity,” he stated.
Initially, IPOB declared every Monday a sit-at-home day in the South East to pressure the Federal Government into releasing their leader, Nnamdi Kanu. However, this measure was revoked due to concerns about its negative impact on the region’s economy.
Despite the cancellation, certain elements have continued to enforce the sit-at-home order, compelling many residents to remain home every Monday against the assurances given by IPOB.
Simon Ekpa, a factional leader of the group based in Finland, has consistently supported the Monday protest and even issued threats against the governors of Anambra and Enugu, namely Prof. Chukwuma Soludo and Mr. Peter Mbah, respectively, who had spoken out and canceled the sit-at-home exercise in their respective states.