Emma Powerful, a spokesman for the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has stated that the separatist organization is not to blame for the violence and criminal activities in the region.
The instability in the region, according to Powerful, should be blamed on another group, whom he described as Autopilots.
He also stated that IPOBâ€™s Monday sit-at-home order had been revoked, and that anyone still enforcing it was not a member of the organization and should be arrested.
â€œWe, the Indigenous People of Biafra under the leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, wish to tell Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State that IPOB is not responsible for the criminality in the South-East, including Anambra State. The governor should know that our enemies are committing atrocities using our name in their desperation to blackmail IPOB.
â€œIt is a certain criminal gang called Autopilots that are carrying out threats against peopleâ€™s lives because of the non-existent Monday sit-at-home. These people disturbing the peace of our people are not IPOB members. They should be treated as criminals. IPOB doesnâ€™t shed blood. We are a peaceful movement.
â€œWe wish to reiterate once again that IPOB has cancelled Mondayâ€™s sit-at-home order, and anybody or group enforcing the relaxed order is not from IPOB. Any governor in the region who deems it fit to stop the non-existent Monday sit-at-home order in the region is free to do so. Anyone caught adding to the pain of our people in the name of enforcing Mondayâ€™s sit-at-home order will be treated like the enemy that he or she is.
â€œWe, therefore, warn these agents of darkness using the name of IPOB to enforce a non-existent sit-at-home to desist.
â€œThe only day sit-at-home will be observed in Biafraland is when our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, is appearing in court, and we shall, as usual, make it public for all to know.â€