IPOB orders compulsory sit-at-home for Igbos in Lagos, South East and others on May 30

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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has declared a sit-at-home on May 30, 2023.

The spokesperson of IPOB, Emma Powerful, in a statement issued on Monday, May 8, 2023, said the sit-at-is home to remember those killed during the Biafra war and the struggle for self-determination.

The separatist group said every ‘Biafran’ (someone who hails from Southeast Nigeria) must therefore observe the sit-at-home anywhere they are.

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Emma asked industries, companies, transport companies (air, land and sea), hotels, schools and churches across the Southeast region of Nigeria to shut down in adherence to the order.

He further asked people of the Southeast living in Lagos and other parts of Nigeria to join the sit-at-home order, warning all the residents of ‘Biafra territory’ not to endanger their lives or their businesses by disobeying the sit-at-home order as the directive is from IPOB leadership

He said, “This year’s event will be special and the one day sit-at-home in Biafraland will be total and will be from 6a.m to 6p.m on May 30, 2023. Every economic, social, religious, and political activity in Biafraland will be suspended, with the exception of hospitals, doctors, nurses, ambulances, and other health workers. All other people and workplaces are advised to sit at home.

“Once again only hospitals and health workers are free to open and go about on May 30, 2023 (Biafra Heroes and Heroines Remembrance Day) to take care of our ones and the pregnant mothers and all other sectors including police stations should be under locks and keys within Biafra territory.

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“We call on industries, companies, transport companies (air, land, and sea) hotels, schools, and churches to shut down in honor of our heroes and heroines.

“Also, Biafrans in Lagos and other parts of Nigeria are encouraged to join the sit at home on that day, it’s only one day. We, therefore, advise Biafrans and other residents in Biafra territory to avoid endangering their lives or their businesses by obeying the sit-at-home order from IPOB leadership.

“Wherever our people are or gathered on that day, they must pray with lighted candles and must observe 3 minutes of silence immediately at 12 noon. Finally, the only joy and rest to appease our fallen heroes and heroines is Biafra restoration. So, we must continue.

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“We remember those who died in the Nigeria genocidal war against Biafra, the mothers and fathers bombed in the market places, hospitals, churches, and those children that the Nigeria government starved to their early death. We cannot forget them till eternity.

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“We also remember the victims of the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, and Sahara desert who died on the way to Europe in an attempt to escape the draconian and wicked economic and political policies against Biafrans by the Nigeria State.”

Recall it was earlier reported that IPOB has been listed among the 10 deadliest terror groups in the world.

This is according to a report released by Global Terrorism Index (GTI) on Tuesday, March 14, 2023.

The GTI report, published annually by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), stated that IPOB was responsible for 57 deaths in 2022, from 40 attacks with 16 persons injured.

This places IPOB in the 10th position among the top 20 deadliest terror groups in 2022.

The report said “ The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), designated as a terrorist group by the Nigerian government in 2017, recorded their deadliest year in 2022. 

“They were responsible for 40 attacks and 57 deaths in 2022, an increase from 26 attacks and 34 deaths the year prior. IPOB is a separatist movement with many factions, many of which are seeking a peaceful succession from Nigeria”.

“The impact of terrorism continues to decline in Nigeria; with total deaths falling by 23 per cent, decreasing from 497 in 2021 to 385 in 2022. The number of terrorist attacks in Nigeria also fell considerably, with 120 incidents recorded in 2022 compared to 214 in 2021. This is the lowest number of terror attacks and deaths since 2011,” said the report. 

 “The military overtook law enforcement as the most targeted group in 2022. Military personnel were targeted in a quarter of all attacks, followed by civilians at 24 per cent, and law enforcement at 18 per cent. Despite this, half of all terrorism deaths in Nigeria in 2022 were civilians”.

“ISWA is now the most prominent group in Borno State, recording 40 incidents that resulted in 168 deaths in 2022, compared to Boko Haram’s six incidents and 63 deaths”.

“The state, however, remains the hardest-hit region in Nigeria for terrorism, accounting for 60 percent of all terror-related deaths in 2022”.

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