The claim that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) announced a one-week sit-at-home exercise in the South East has been refuted. There have been rumors circulating on social media and throughout the region about a weeklong sit-at-home period from July 3 to July 10. In an audio message that has been circulating for several days, the promoters of the message claimed that the exercise, known as “#FreeNnamdiKanu,” aimed to pressure the Federal Government into releasing Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of IPOB, who has been held by the Department of State Services.
The promoters of the audio message warned that severe consequences would befall anyone who dared to go out during the specified dates. However, IPOB’s spokesperson, Emma Powerful, dismissed the audio message in a statement on Wednesday, stating that it did not originate from the group.
Powerful stated, “You should identify those individuals spreading the false sit-at-home declaration, as well as the criminal who is unlawfully causing destruction in our land. Two days prior to the date mentioned in the audio, I will issue an official press release addressing it. However, for now, the leadership of IPOB has instructed me not to give it attention or recognition.”
In 2021, IPOB initially declared every Monday as a sit-at-home day in the South East to protest the imprisonment of their leader. However, they later announced its cancellation, although people in the region have continued to observe it.