Governor Charles Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State has claimed that a self-acclaimed disciple of Nnamdi Kanu, Simon Ekpa, is now leading a faction of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Recall that IPOB spokesperson, Emma Powerful, had accused Simon Ekpa’s gang of carrying out attacks in the South-East and the Monday sit-at-home order.
Speaking in an interview with Channels Television, Soludo disclosed that his administration is ready to grant amnesty to agitators willing to lay down their arms.
He stated that after granting amnesty to those willing to end violence, security agents would clampdown on those that rejected the amnesty.
Soludo said: “Within the agitation movement, we have to agree that there are now factions. There is the one led by one guy in Finland called Simon Ekpa.
“IPOB has come out to accuse that group of being behind much of the criminality in the South-East.
“A lot of them in the bush out there are having camps here and there. They come out to kidnap and kill. Once we isolate all the groups that are not involved in this, then we can focus on the criminals.
“We have also offered them some kind of amnesty. Come out, give us your guns, we are prepared to give you training in whatever skills, even if we have to raise resources to empower you to become useful partners in the development of society.”