The Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, has absolved the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) from attacks across the Southeast.
Naija News reports that IPOB had declared a sit-at-home on Mondays, beginning August 9, to protest the detention and prosecution of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
Though the group later suspended the order, residents of the South East continued to observe the order and businesses in the region had remained deserted on Mondays over fear of attacks by the militia arm of IPOB.
Some residents of the Southeast who had dared to return to their place of work on Mondays have been attacked by individuals suspected to members of IPOB security arm, the Eastern Security Network.
Speaking on ARISE TV on Friday, Senator Abaribe (PDP-Abia South) stated that attacks across the region are being carried out by hoodlums and not IPOB.
According the lawmaker, the continuous sit-at-home is detrimental to the economy of the Southeast and should be stopped.
Abaribe said: “First of all, IPOB, on its own, said there should be no more sit-at-home, and people should go about their legitimate businesses.
“Yet there were some people who attacked those going about their business, saying that there should be a lockdown.
“Meaning that nobody now knows who was enforcing what. And why we felt that those who are enforcing it couldn’t have been those who said no more sit-at-home; it must have been some elements that we do not know.
“And we actually suggested that both the governor and the security agencies work hand in hand to fish out those who are doing this because this is detrimental to our welfare and the economy of the south-east.”