There are fresh reports that the military allegedly invaded Nnamdi Kanu’s community in Isiama Afaraukwu Ibeku, Umuahia, Abia State. The invasion which was said to be the third time, happened yesterday ahead of the September 14 sit-at-home order by IPOB.
The Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) a proscribed group which has been canvassing for the secession of South East Nigeria had declared September 14 a Sit-at-home day to mark the slain youth and other fallen heroes of Igbo extraction.
A combined team of Navy, Army, Police, Immigration and Civil Defence Corps invaded the community in a show of force in Afaraukwu with military hardware which lasted for hours, as the scared villagers wondered why security agents were parading intimidatingly at Kanu’s village.
IPOB has condemned the alleged invasion of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu’s community, describing the show of force as “another military overreach’ by the Fulani controlled hierarchy of the Nigerian defence establishment..”
A statement by the Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful said: “This is clear confirmation that the entire East is under siege for no apparent reason other than the need for the Fulani caliphate to prove their dominance over the rest of Nigeria.
“Isiama Afaraukwu it seems is now the favorite exercise range of the Nigerian military. What this confirms is that Nnamdi Kanu is the one person the Fulani caliphate is most terrified of.
“It is a shame the corrupt political class, blinded by their own selfishness and petty jealousy cannot see it. We are alerting the world that this blatant provocation is one of the many reasons why we have called for a nationwide strike on the 14th of September 2018 to protest this Arewa Islamic military occupation of Biafraland.”
In a related development, the Ohanaeze Youth Council OYC has called on the people of South East to ignore the IPOB Sit-At-Home request. OYC has alleged that some cabals in the Presidency were plotting to unleash terror on Biafra agitators during the September 14 sit-at-home order declared by IPOB.
Releasing a ststement in Abakaliki, the group stated:
“The leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide had disassociated itself from the September 14th sit-at-home order by IPOB to honour Igbo youths who lost their lives in the Biafra agitation. We ask Ndigbo to ignore it.
“We uncovered plot by some cabals in the presidency who had ordered security agents to unleash terror on unarmed Biafra agitators during the sit at home order of September 14th 2018.
“OYC insists that to avert mayhem and save the lives of our Igbo youths who shouldn’t lose their lives while remembering those who lost theirs,IPOB should join Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide in the prayer sessions and candle night of September 14th.”
Also the Uwazuruike-led Biafra Independent Movement (BIM) has distanced itself from IPOB Sit-at-home request. The group which stated that, “Our celebration is usually done every year and we are not violent about it. We are not part of IPOB sit-at-home order. That is not our modus operandi. We are not violent. BIM is headed by Uwazuruike, the Biafra leader.
“We urge lovers of Ndigbo to come out and celebrate with us on 13th September, 2018. We are not causing any war. We are civil and we are not going to block any street.It is a pure celebration in the state.”