The annual Independence Day celebration might take a brand new dimension this yr in some components of the nation notably the Southeastern area following the vow by members of the Indigenous Individuals of Biafra, IPOB to close down actions in solidarity with its detained chief, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu
Nnamdi Kanu for weeks has been within the custody of the Division of State Providers, DSS after he was arrested in a neighbouring African nation.
DAILY POST recollects that the secessionists’ group had by a press release on Saturday by its spokesman, Emma Highly effective vowed to implement a sit-at-home in the complete area on October 1st, saying there can be operation no Nigerian flag in Biafra land.
Based on the statements, residents of the area have been warned to keep away from the streets as there can be no actions.
The assertion reads partly: “IPOB has declared 1st of October 2021 complete shutdown in Biafra land as an indication of our rejection of the evil assemble referred to as Nigeria and there shall be no motion in Biafra land on at the present time.
“All people should strictly adhere to this directive from IPOB management, we wish to let the world know that Biafraland shouldn’t be Nigeria and shall not be. Don’t say I don’t know, a phrase is sufficient for the smart.”
Additionally on Tuesday, the separatist group referred to as on agitators of Oduduwa Republic, and Center Belt and different allegedly “oppressed tribes” within the nation to hitch in shutting down Nigeria on October 1.
Emma Highly effective mentioned, “Following our earlier declaration of October 1st sit at residence order issued by the management of the Indigenous folks of Biafra (IPOB), all Nigerian oppressed tribes ought to reject the Nigerian authorities’s evil agenda towards the indigenous peoples.
“We, the worldwide household of the Indigenous Individuals of Biafra (IPOB), request our brothers and sisters in Oduduwa republic and Center Belt that suffer the same destiny with us to hitch fingers in sympathy protest.
DAILY POST stories that the strikes and threats have triggered pressure in lots of components of the area as retailers, workplaces started to close down about 12 hours earlier than Independence Day.
A dealer within the fashionable Onitsha market, Emeka Andrew, instructed DAILY POST that there was panic shopping for of meals and different important gadgets on Thursday as there can be no motion on Friday (Independence Day).
He mentioned, “No one is popping out tomorrow as a result of nobody needs to die. All of us noticed what occurred within the earlier time when such declarations have been made by the IPOB so we’re all doing all the things potential to stop that. I’m closing my store something 4pm.
“On a traditional word, even on Christmas Day, we’re at all times right here however this has to do with life and demise and a few of us have chosen life. No matter you don’t purchase immediately, you could not get it till subsequent week. Who is aware of what would nonetheless occur on Monday?”
Equally, a corps member who recognized herself as Ene, serving in Anaocha Native Authorities Space of the state, expressed worry of assault, saying she has resolved to droop all actions and stay-at-home.
“I don’t need any story that contact, so I’ve cancelled all my typical actions pending when normalcy return to the state”.
Nonetheless, talking with DAILY POST, the state’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Ikenganyia T. Anthony mentioned the command has established an intensive patrol and surveillance to make sure peace and order within the state on Independence Day.
He mentioned, “We have now prolonged our patrol and for us, we’re concentrating on our main duties which embrace the safety of lives and properties. So there may be intensive patrol and surveillance occurring”.
In the identical vein, a civil servant in Ebonyi State who most well-liked to not be talked about in print for worry of victimization instructed DAILY POST that there’s “worry within the land” as the federal government prepares for the Independence celebration.
“Though Ebonyi State shouldn’t be like different components of the area, there may be worry within the state presently. Some unscrupulous individuals are benefiting from the peace on this place to penetrate and unleash havoc”.
However the spokesperson of the Ebonyi State Police Command, DSP Odah Loveth instructed DAILY POST correspondent on cellphone, that there’s calm all over the place, stressing that “everybody goes about his or her companies within the state”.
She mentioned, “There’s nothing just like the actions of IPOB in Ebonyi and we aren’t going to permit that. The commissioner of police has assured satisfactory safety.
“You understand that Ebony goes to be 25 years previous tomorrow so we’re getting ready for the jubilee and Nigeria at 61.
“We is not going to enable anyone to take this Completely happy second from us. The general public areas shall be occupied by us. The police and different safety businesses in Ebonyi State will do all the things potential to make sure that the state may be very peaceable.
“The residents have additionally promised us that they’ll adjust to the safety businesses and that they’ll report each legal exercise to us”.
DAILY POST’s remark revealed that components of Imo State notably the Orlu the place the Japanese Safety Community wing of the IPOB camps, have been enveloped by pressure.
A resident who begged to not be talked about, mentioned retailers and workplaces are being shut down already as of 4pm on Thursday.
Nonetheless, Prince Marcillinus Nlemigbo, Imo State chairman of the All Progressive Congress, APC who spoke solely to DAILY POST on Thursday, mentioned there may be nothing like safety change within the state stressing that the Independence Day celebration should maintain.
He mentioned there can be motion in all components of the state tomorrow, stressing that the governor had assured residents of satisfactory safety.
His phrases,” We felicitate with Imolites and Nigerians typically on this event of Nigeria at 61, we want to reiterate our name for unity in addition to political and spiritual tolerance amongst Nigerians. ”
“It’s our widespread religion that our power as a nation lies in our variety. We should proceed to respect our plurality and ethnoreligious and political variations to realize a peaceable and affluent nation on the sacred basis of justice, fairness and equity. God bless you all.”
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