The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has asked security operatives to arrest anyone seen enforcing the cancelled Sit-at-home order.
According to a statement released on Thursday by its spokesman, Emma Powerful, IPOB reiterated its earlier position that the sit-at-home protest had been called off.
The outlawed group said those enforcing the order in the South East are criminals and are working with the intention of blackmailing its members.
IPOB advised South East residents to disregard any report saying that the order is still effective, urging them to go about their normal businesses on Mondays.
The statement reads: “We the global movement and family of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, ably led by our prophet and liberator Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, wish to reiterate once again that IPOB has cancelled Monday sit-at-home order and anybody or group enforcing the relaxed order is neither from IPOB nor from IPOB volunteer group.
“Anyone caught adding to the pain of our people in the name of enforcing Monday sit-at-home order will be treated as the enemy that he or she is.
“We, therefore, warn these agents of darkness using the name of IPOB to enforce a non-existent sit-at-home to desist because if we lay hold on them. Why should such unpatriotic elements be inflicting pain on our people and dragging our image to the mud?”
Powerful stated that IPOB remains a non-violent movement, adding that no group has the power to enforce the order it already cancelled.
He added that the enemies of the group are bent on setting the movement against the people but will be resisted
He added: “IPOB remains a non-violent movement and our peaceful approach for Biafra restoration has not changed. It will be recalled that IPOB leadership called for the Monday Sit-At-Home, and the same IPOB leadership has cancelled it.
“Nobody has the powers to enforce the same suspended sit-at-home using the name of IPOB. Such a person is an impostor working for the killing squad of the Nigerian DSS and Nigerian security agencies and should be treated as such if apprehended.
“The only day sit-at-home will be observed in Biafraland is when our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is appearing in court, and we shall, as usual, make it public for all to know.
“We hereby direct community leaders, market leaders, church leaders, and other institutions of authority in Biafra land to arrest any hoodlum trying to enforce any sit-at-home on Mondays and hand them over to IPOB.
“Such criminal elements must be treated in a language they understand.”