IPOB threatens shutdown of southeast

IPOB allegedly threatens one-month shutdown of southeast region from 5 November if Government fails to unconditionally release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

An Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) spokesperson, Chika Edoziem, issued the alleged threat in a pirate radio broadcast.

The broadcast was not monitored by Enugu Metro and we cannot therefore verify its authenticity. However, the broadcast message has flooded social media outlets and has gone viral.

Analysts fear that, as with previous messages, this may equally lead to real month-long shutdown as safety-conscious southeasterners flee indoors.

Edoziem, head of IPOB’s Department of State, allegedly demanded in the broadcast that the Nigerian Government releases Kanu “unconditionally.”

He promised to punish Southeast residents with a one-month sit-at-home a day after the ultimatum period expires.

“Our leader … has not committed any crime and you Nigerian government cannot continue to detain him illegally,” he was quoted to have said.

Edoziem allegedly said that southeast residents could come out of their homes only on Sundays.

He also specified the activities that should take place whenever people come out on Sundays, once the order is enforced.

These include “… to go to church and worship God and pray for our leader onyendu Mazi Nnamdi KANU and pray for Biafra restoration and also buy things for themselves.”

South East Governors Forum, the highest security management group in the region, is yet to react to the development.

Kanu, the separatist leader is pressing for an independent state of Biafra for his Igbo people that he claims are being marginalised in Nigeria.

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IPOB threatens shutdown of southeast by 5 November?