The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have distanced themselves from the alleged sit-at-home order issued by Simon Ekpa today and advised the public to disregard the said directive.
The aforementioned sit-at-home was ordered by Ekpa, who declares to be a follower of IPOB leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, in protest of the brutal execution of seven wedding guests in Imo State last Sunday by alleged Ebubeagu security personnel.
According to IPOB, Ekpa was never a part of the organisation but rather a weapon in the hands of the adversaries used to thwart the effort to restore Biafra.
The pro-Biafra organisation warned the public against doing business with Ekpa in a statement released by its media and publicity secretary, Emma Powerful because he is opposed to Biafra.
The statement made available to Vanguard read in part: ”The attention of the global movement and family of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has been drawn to the laughable, disgraceful and unguarded statements credited to a certain “Refugees interpreter” based in Finland whose name is Simon Ekpa through whom the Nigeria Government and enemies of Biafra had successfully launched so many tragedies and attacks against our land and people.
“The IPOB leadership has condemned the barbaric killing of 14 innocent Igbo youths by Hope Uzodimma militia called Ebebuagu, and we have taken our strategic measure to curtail the murderous activities of this Hope’s militia, but we have not called for any unauthorised sit-at-home on Friday 22nd, July 2022 in response to this murder of the innocent Imo youths.
“We have also commended our people for protesting the murder of the innocent youths. We have ways of dealing with enemies in our territories without putting more pain on our people who are already under the distress that the military siege of the Nigeria Government has caused them.
“We, therefore, urge our people to ignore the meaningless and senseless order from a Nigerian agent to sit at home today”.
“Have you wondered why Lai Mohammed, Lauretta Onochie, Ike Ekweremadu, Nyesom Wike, and Hope Uzodinma direct media attacks on IPOB-ESN over the activities of criminal boys under the command of Finland blogger called Simon Ekpa? Simon’s boys create insecurities in the East while the Government agents blame it on IPOB-ESN but never mention Simon Ekpa. This is how all the funds allocated to destroy IPOB and Radio Biafra by these dissidents were been utilised.
“What this criminal does in the society is to commit incriminating and prosecutable activities and show evidence that favours certain people like his sponsors while our great leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is still being held in the DSS custody and facility. Ask yourself if a criminal can steal and leave his address with his victims? This is what Simon’s boys do, kidnap and threaten people with ESN’s name.
“We do hereby strongly reiterate once again that Simon Ekpa is not an IPOB member, not IPOB or Biafra spokesman, not a family member of IPOB in any family unit in Finland and has never remitted a dime from his monthly fundraising to Eastern Security Network (ESN).
“We, therefore, advise Simon Ekpa and his miserable sponsors not to continue hiding under the name IPOB, ESN and commit all manner of crimes.
“Simon’s Ekpa has no mandate to issue a sit-at-home order using IPOB; therefore our people must ignore such senseless Infiltrator’s ranting and go about your normal business.
“IPOB did not order sit-at-home on Friday, which is tomorrow, 22nd July 2022. This would be reechoed tonight by IPOB leadership, the Governing body. The Directorate Of State, the DOS of The Indigenous People Of Biafra, will speak to Night. Please tune in to Radio Biafra tonight, 21/07/2022, at 7:30 BT (Biafra Time).
“Biafrans, avoid predictable leads by the Infiltrators sponsored by the Nigerian Government. If you truly want Biafra, avoid listening to Ekpa. He has no Idea of our organisational structure and operations of IPOB and our code of conduct or chain of command and discipline, including principles of IPOB movement.”