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IPOB Declares Sit-At-Home on Tuesday, 28th June in South-East

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has declared Tuesday another sit-at-home in the Southeast.

Its spokesman, Emma Powerful, said the decision is due to the appearance of their leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in Court on Tuesday.

The normal Monday sit-at-home in the zone still kept residents indoors as banks, markets, shops and other commercial activities closed in Anambra and other States.

Civil servants in Anambra stayed away from work as members of the pro- biafra agitators continue to dish out threats to residents.

In a statement on Monday, IPOB reads: “We normally announce last time that any day our leader will appear in court everybody will solidarise with our leader Mazi Nnamdi KANU.

“Therefore, tomorrow (Tuesday) will be sit-ay-home in Igbo land and other areas where Ndigbo reside.”

The Indigenous People of Biafra is a nationalist separatist group in Nigeria that aims to restore the Republic of Biafra, a country which seceded from Nigeria prior to the Nigerian Civil War and later rejoined Nigeria after its defeat by the Nigerian military

Recall, On June 27, 2021, Kanu was arrested in Kenya or possibly another location by Interpol and extradited to Nigeria where he is supposed to face trial. Kanu’s brother claimed that he had been arrested by the Kenyan police. Kenyan High Commissioner Wilfred Machage refuted this claim, stating that Kenyan authorities had not been involved in the arrest and challenged anyone to present evidence proving otherwise. When the BBC attempted to request information from Interpol’s office in Abuja, the latter did to not answer the calls.

 

On 19 January 2022, Justice Benson Anya of the Abia State High Court ruled that the 2017 arrest of Kanu was unlawful and an infringement on his human rights, and that his abduction and forceful return to Nigeria was “illegal” under local and international laws. Anya also ruled that the Nigerian government should pay Kanu a sum of N1billion as a compensation for the violation of his fundamental human rights. Despite this ruling, Kanu remained under arrest and the trial continued, as the other charges were still discussed and prosecutors added further charges. Ikemesit Effiong, researcher at a political risk analysis firm, argued that an ultimate conviction of Kanu remained likely, as the “political will exists to make an example of a separatist leader who has caused the central government more than its fair share of headaches”

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