The Ebonyi government on Monday, May 29, barred residents of the state from observing the sit-at-home order of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) slated for May 30, in a statement released by its official, Kenneth Ugbala.
Ugbala, the senior special assistant on internal security, announced this in Abakaliki.
“The issue of IPOB’s sit-at-home order came up on May 30, 2017, causing chaos in major cities of the south-east zone of the country though we were lucky in Ebonyi.
“God assisted us coupled with the proactive steps taken by the government and security agencies as we maintain that IPOB activities have been proscribed by the south-east states’ governors,” he said adding that the government had directed that such order should not be observed in the state.
“Individuals and groups are free to pursue their causes but through due processes and the Ebonyi government will earnestly protect the people`s lives and property.
“Every civil servant, trader, artisan among others is expected to carry out his legitimate activities on May 30, and security agencies have been directed to live up to their responsibilities.
“We are working hard in Ebonyi to mitigate the defects of our days in the old Anambra, Enugu and Abia and any unjustifiable stoppage of business activities would adversely affect our economy,” the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports him as saying.
According to Ugbala, the directive also included any directive given by the movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB).
“Citizens should resist attempts by any group to make them sit-at-home and report such to government and security agencies instead of physical resistance.
“The government is not aware of any worker that belongs to IPOB and would conduct routine checks in ministries, agencies and parastatals to ensure adequate enforcement of its directive,” he said.
On his part, Paulinus Atam, the chairman of the Motorcycle Riders Association (MRA) in the state thanked the Ugbala for the information, noting that the people had been adequately enlightened about the IPOB’s order.
“We would ensure that our members do not comply with the sit-at-home order because we are law abiding citizens of the state and country,” he said.
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Also, Loveth Odaa, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, said that the command would ensure that the IPOB directive was not complied with in the state.
“IPOB remains a proscribed organisation and the command will not allow any illegal group to operate in the state on May 30 or any other day,” she said.
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