Sit-at-home ordering: Full compliance in Nnamdi Kanu’s home state of Abia
On July 31, 2021, the indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) declared service every Monday from the 9th service (DSS).
In a statement made available to journalists in Awka by their media and public relations secretary, Emma Powerful, the follow-up group said it had decided to press for the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the incarcerated leader of the pro-Biafra group.
IPOB warned local residents not to disregard the policy as it could have serious consequences.
The group had said: “Every week we would like to announce details of this upcoming Ghost Monday introduced by the leadership of IPOB and it would be good for everyone to know that IPOB will not give in until Biafra has fully reached DSS agents to our leader Mazi Torture Nnamdi Kanu to the death, which is why they don’t want anyone to see his health at the DSS facility.
“This is an appeal to the leaders of Biafran, especially to the politicians who are named as the people behind his kidnapping and extradition to Nigeria”.
Recall that the Nigerian federal government announced on Tuesday that it had re-arrested the self-proclaimed Biafran leader after working with other international security agencies.
Federation Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, had confirmed that Kanu was arrested by a combined team of Nigerian and foreign security agents in a coordinated interception.
Against this background, he was dragged before the judge Binta Nyako of a federal court in Abuja to continue his trial.
Judge Nyako, after listening to Kanu and the government, handed him over to the Department of State Services (DSS) pre-trial detention and adjourned the matter to July 26, 2021.
Kanu had jumped on bail a few years ago and fled the country because of an alleged danger to his life.
On retrial on Monday, July 26, 2021, the trial suffered a setback after the Department of State Services (DSS) failed to bring Kanu to court.
The Supreme Court, headed by Judge Binta Nyako, criticized the security forces’ actions and found that she had stayed in her chambers and waited for the accused to appear in court.
She asked prosecutors to be careful in providing data and stressed that it was important for Kanu to be present at his trial.
In his response, the prosecutor Mohammed Abubakar informed the judge that the accused was not in court for logistical reasons.
For his part, Kanu’s lawyer Ifeanyi Ejiofor complained that the DSS had denied them access to the defendant for eight days.
Due to the apparent failure of the Nigerian secret police to produce Nnamdi Kanu, the presiding judge postponed the trial until October 21, 2021.
Amid his prolonged detention, IPOB had vowed to close all of the Southeast every Monday until Kanu is released.
But Kanu’s brother Kanunta had announced the suspension of the sitting-at-home order because students in the Southeast were taking the NECO National High School Examination.
He said a new date for the protest would be announced later.
However, IPOB spokeswoman Emma Powerful urged Nigerians to ignore Kanunta’s comment.
Mighty warned the people of the southeast against disregarding the directive.
Following the inability of the DSS to bring Kanu to court, as well as the earlier ordering of the indigenous people of Biafra in all states of the southeast region and beyond to sit at home, the police in Abia, the home state of the separatist leader, had in a Police officers signed the statement, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna warned the group of the illegal policy and indicated their warning of the Nigerian government’s ban on IPOB.
Police accused the banned group of planning to use their militia arm, the Eastern Security Network, ESN, to enforce sit-at-home compliance in the state.
Security said intelligence reports showed crooks had also planned to use the opportunity to devastate people.
Abia police urged people to go about their legitimate business, stressing that security officers are on alert to subdue gangsters who may take advantage of the situation to wreak havoc in Abia.
Meanwhile, in a press release from State Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, the Abia government had announced its position on the IPOB policy, saying it would not force anyone to ‘sit at home’ from whatever There is always reason not to do so, since the citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria enjoy freedom of movement under the existing constitution.
It even happened when the state government said it was actively monitoring the trial of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to ensure that his basic human rights were respected.
The communication states: “We stay in contact with his family members, other relevant persons and institutions and are regularly informed about the situation through them.
“The government of Abia State is confident that the judiciary will ensure a free and apparently fair trial for him and others as they remain innocent until proven guilty by a competent court,” it said.
It also urged all citizens and visitors to continue to obey the law and avoid acts that could lead to the breakdown of law and order.
Also amid the insistence of the indigenous population of Biafra (IPOB) to close the entire southeast region with the sit-at-home policy despite several warnings from Nigerian security authorities, DAILY POST found that there was partial movement of vehicles as occupants most of the time officials were seen driving to their various offices.
Our correspondent had toured the state on Monday to find out the level of compliance with the Sit-at-Home regulation by the residents of Abia.
A visit to the popular secretariat in Ogurube, which houses ministries of the state government in Umuahia, saw the massive presence of state officials, who took their responsibility to avoid the state government’s threat to sanction any worker who violated the order of the Sitting at home watched by IPOB.
Schoolchildren and students from private and public schools were returned home in compliance with the sit-at-home regulation.
Speaking to our correspondent, Chukwunyere Uche Ugele, who did not want his ministry to be disclosed, he voiced his concerns about the way the federal government is handling the treason charges against the separatist organization and its generally powerful leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
He called on the government to look carefully at the demands of the IPOB to reduce the already heightened tensions in the country, especially in the south-east zone.
He also warned the Nigerian government to be fair in persecuting Kanu as it would not bode well for the country if they violated the country’s laws.
Ugele regretted the confusion that followed the sit-at-home policy and stressed the urgent need for the Nnamdi Kanu family and Biafra indigenous leadership to band together to ensure the unconditional release of the pro-Biafra agitator .
A visit to the busy Aba, Akanu Ibiam / Bank Road, Umuwaya Road, Azikwe Road in Umuahia also resulted in full compliance with the Sit-at-Home regulation by residents of the areas.
Lots of residents were inside, commercial motorists avoided their daily transportation from vendors as is normal practice, while all commercial banks on Aba Road Umuahia were locked up in accordance with the IPOB policy for fear of the adverse consequences of violating the policy.
In an interview, Nwankwo Ugonna, who described himself as a commercial motorist, deplored the tensions across the southeast caused by the arrest of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and called on the federal government to accept the legitimate demands of the IPOB and other pro-Biafran groups to be established in the south-eastern zone and beyond.
He lamented the people of the Igbo nation. in particular, have suffered serious injustices and inequalities caused by the poor governance of successive governments in Nigeria.
Ugonna joined the pro-Biafran group’s calls for separation, as he equally regretted the collapse of the current Nigerian system due to the longstanding marginalization of the Igbo race and other ethnic nationalities in the country.
He further traced the confusion following the IPOB order between Nnamdi Kanu’s family and the leadership of the successor organization, and posited that the counter-directive was politically supported by Kanu’s brother to cause disorder among the people of the southeastern region.
On a similar visit to Aba, the commercial center of Abia State, where the imprisoned IPOB leader has great supporters of DAILY POST, the residents’ order to sit at home was fully respected.
Commercial banks, drivers, dealers, schoolchildren, students, etc. kept to the order.
Private and public schools suspended their academic activities for fear of attack after the IPOB threatened to take decisive action against any institution that violates its policy.
Popular Aba markets such as Eziukwu Markets, Ariaria International Market Ahia Ohuru have been closed by the leadership of the Market Unions, as it was further determined that these important markets are populated by members and supporters of the IPOB of Nnamdi Kanu.
Azikiwe Road, Aba-Owerri Road, Brass, Milverton Avenue, etc., were all equally abandoned by motorists, and the street vendors typically seen on this route were not there to adhere to the seating arrangements at home.
In an interview with DAILY POST, a resident of Aba City, Cosmos Chinaza urged the government to go the way of the law in dealing with the IPOB agitation, saying that everything about the legal provisions related to fundamental rights going beyond Mazi Nnamdi canoe will not be acceptable.
He insisted that the imprisoned leader of the successor organization obey the law in his legitimate demands until his arrest, and advised the cited government of Buhari to withdraw the treason charges preferred against Kanu and ensure his unconditional release.