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Sit-at-home: Your Biafra Agitation Has Been Hijacked, Umahi Tells IPOB

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Umahi Reveals Suspects Behind South-East Killings, Violence

Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State has asked the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to critically review its plan to achieve Biafra agitation.

Umahi said the agitation for secession had been hijacked by criminal elements in the South East, urging the proscribed group to review the sit-at-home order.

The governor made these known on Tuesday, in Abakaliki while inaugurating the leadership of the South East traditional rulers’ council.

The Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum explained that the insecurity in the region was caused by the agitation for self-determination and has led to “self-inflicted injury” by the people.

He, however, condemned the declaration of the South-East as a “red zone” by the Federal Government, adding that the decision might deprive the region of federal projects.

According to the governor, the government declared the South East as a red zone because of the high level of insecurity in the area.

He charged the Southeast leaders and people to collectively say no to the killings in the zone because the real agenda of the agitations cannot be seen.

He said: “The declaration of the South East as a red zone by these ministries means that what is due to us would be difficult to come.

“It is time for the zone’s leaders and people to collectively say no to the killings in the zone because we no longer see the real agenda of the agitations.

“The people should support governors from the zone and other leaders to permanently stop this bloodshed because we know the parents and communities of the perpetrators of the heinous acts.

“It is presently difficult for trucks with goods from other parts of the country to come to the zone as we did not harmonise adequately to determine areas of comparative advantage.”

Naija News reports that IPOB has threatened a one-month sit-at-home protest in the South East if its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, is not brought to court on October 21.

The group’s spokesman, Emma Powerful, made this known on Wednesday in a statement made available to newsmen in Awka, Anambra State.

Ige Olugbenga is a fine-grained journalist. He loves the smell of a good lead and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows. Gbenga is an alumnus of the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State and The Polytechnic, Ibadan.