Some unknown gunmen suspected to be members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have reportedly attacked a secondary school in Imo State disrupting students sitting for the ongoing West African School Certificate Examination (WASCE).
The school identified as Comprehensive Secondary School, Nkume in Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State was attacked by five armed hoodlums suspected to be the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) members and some properties were destroyed in the course of the attack.
This is coming on a day(Monday) the outlaw had initially set aside to Sit- At- Home in protest to the continued detention of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu in the custody of the Department of State Services.
Abia Govt. Issues Strong Warning To IPOB Against Student Attack
Abia State government had warned against attacks on students that are writing the 2021 West African School Certificate Examination (WASCE) by some hoodlums under the guise of Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB) members.
The government through the statement released by the Honorable Commissioner For Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu warned that the future of the innocent children who were scheduled to write the English- Language examination in the ongoing exercise on Monday, 13th September and Tuesday, 14th September respectively.
He advised parents and guardians not to be discouraged by the so-called Sit-At-Home order and ensure that their wards partake in the compulsory examination. He also urged all other law-abiding citizens of the state to go about their lawful businesses and report to the police any person, hoodlums, or group who may attack them for disobeying the Sit- At- Home Order.
While emphasizing the respect for individuals’ s decisions on either to sit at home or go about their lawful affairs, he noted that such a decision must not infringe on the rights of others. He said the future of the children of the state and by extension, the economy must not be jeopardized over what he explained that could be settled either through judicial means or political negotiations.
” While we do not begrudge any citizen the right to sit at home or go about their normal duties, as long as it does not infringe on the rights of others, we cannot afford to sit idly and watch the future of our children jeopardized and the economic well- being of our people further wrecked over a matter we believe can be resolved judicially or through political negotiations, ” part of the statement reads
” We cannot continue to cut our nose to spite our face! ” he added
The Commissioner also released some telephone numbers through which parents or guardians and other citizens of the state to reach out when there is an attempt to harass, molest, intimidate or stop them from exercising their inalienable rights.
Similarly, market leaders and transport unions were advised to open to allow their members to engage in their regular Monday activities and warned that anyone who runs contrary to this shall be penalized by either an outright closure or disbandment.
IPOB Declares Tuesday As Another Day To Sit At Home
The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB) had ordered all its members and followers across the region to observe Tuesday, September 14 as another Sit- At- Home day to commemorate those who lost their lives during the attack on the house of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu located at Afaraukwu Ibeku Umuahia, Abia State.
According to the group Media and Publicity Director, Emma Powerful, the people of the zone must set aside this day to honor their fallen heroes and heroines who he said paid the supreme price for their quest towards achieving the Independence State of Biafra.
The event which he said occurred on the 14th of September 2017 claimed nothing less than 28 lives and was executed by men of the Nigeria Army.
How Governor Obiano Changed His Citizens’ Perception Towards The Sit- At- Home Order
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State led members of his executive council to the capital city of Awka on Monday to protest against the continued stay-at-home directive sanctioned by the outlaw.
According to him, ” The state must avoid giving urchins the chance to take over the helm of affairs. I chose to lead from the front to end this fear of molestation, harassment, intimidation. ”
This action by the State Governor motivated the people of the state to commence their already grounded socioeconomic around 1 pm on Monday.
Earlier, the governor had issued a stern warning and threatened to seal off banks and punish market and motor-park leaders who observe IPOB’s directive on Monday or any other day. He however instructed that banks, marked and motor parks in the state must be opened for their various activities on Monday 13 September and failure to do that would attract heavy sanction and penalty. He said banks that fail to open would be sealed off for a week and hinted if they repeat it some other times, the closure would be permanent.
He lamented that the incessant Sit- At- Home has affected the state’s Gross Domestic Product due to the economic effect.
” I urged the commuters to feel free to ply their usual routes across the state on Monday, whether they ride or drive motorcycles, Keke, shuttle, buses.
” If markets don’t open, I will sack the leadership of the market. If the market and park leaders don’t comply, their leadership will be changed within two weeks. ” the governor said