Gunmen believed to be Indigenous Peoples of Biafra members raided the Comprehensive Secondary School, Nkume in Njaba Local Government Area of Imo state on Monday and prevented students from taking their exams.
As the gunmen fired irregularly into the air to scatter them, both staffs and students ran helter-skelter.
The gunmen set fire to some of the staff and students’ bikes.
Although no fatalities were reported, a viral video of the incident revealed students and staff screaming and fleeing for their lives.
IPOB’s recent shenanigans
Today, unconfirmed reports held that someone was stabbed six times at Eastern Mass park junction at Nnewi in Anambra state. Man stepped out of his car to remove road blocks on the road and was rushed and stabbed six times. Nobody asked where he was going or where he is coming from. They didn’t snatch his car, he managed to drive to a health centre.
In Neni, motorcycles were burnt, and a bus was set ablazed. They returned two phones to people that were running, and flogged them mercilessly.
In Nanka, a bus was allegedly set ablazed with 4 people inside.
Yesterday, students missed their WAEC exams after they have been chased away from the hall, today. Students saw what happened to their fellow students and decided to stay at home because of fear.
If WAEC fails to reschedule another exam for them or pass all affected students, the headline will be, “Southeast is being marginalized”.
Anambra state governor asked individuals to go about their duties yesterday and walked freely in Awka and Onitsha with security men but failed to provide a single security for Anambra people.
Every Monday, IPOB has declared a sit-in to rally support for the release of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who is standing trial in an Abuja High Court.
Aside from Mondays, the group has declared a sit-in on any day Kanu is scheduled to appear in court.
IPOB’s madness has reached its zenith and must decline
This latest insensitive and callous action by IPOB/ESN militants has not been well-received by the Igbo they claimed to be fighting for their freedom. That particular action by IPOB followers has attracted a low rating and has made many Igbo to start losing interest in their affairs.
It is this development that Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, Secretary-General of Ohanaeze, referred to in a statement as heartwrenching.
The Ohanaeze scribe remarked that Ndigbo were known to be educators and business owners, and he questioned where such an unique spirit was coming from.
He noted, “We are seriously disturbed over these actions that are endangering the future of Igbo pupils/students; it is disheartening that the IPOB disciples are playing into the decoys and gimmicks of Igbo detractors.
“It’s nonsensical for any right-thinking Igbo to hinder our youngsters from participating in the WACE examinations under any guise of self-determination. Ndigbo are known to be first-class educationists and entrepreneurs; this new trend is certainly alien to Igboland.
“This madness has reached the zenith of stupidity and must decline; it’s on record that Igbo students have remained outstanding in the WACE examination, with spectacular results, so anyone trying to remove this mark is an enemy of Ndigbo.”
He further lamented the economic sabotage caused by this IPOB’s order. “We have reached the end of the road.
“Ndigbo have lost almost N3.8 trillion in all facets of economic and social activities due to this absurdity,” he said.
On his own part, Senator Chimaroke Nnamani, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Cooperation and Integration in Africa, said the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is foisting more harm on Igbo people with its sit-at-home order declared every Monday.
He said: “Most of our people live on daily income. Think of the market women who depend on daily earnings to feed their families. Think of students writing external examinations being denied access to the venues.
“How does enslaving our people, denial of means of livelihood add value to our quest for equity and justice? If others reject us, should we also reject ourselves?
“It stands to reason that this sit-at-home cannot be a way forward. We cannot abandon ourselves.
“In our struggle for equity and justice in the Nigerian federation, we cannot inadvertently inflict more injuries on ourselves by this sit-at-home. Let wise counsel prevail.”
Today, at the National Assembly in Abuja, a protest was held against the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and their self-destructive sit-at-home order in the South East.
On Tuesday afternoon, a group of men and women carrying placards with anti-sit-at-home messages were seen in front of the assembly complex.
Some demonstrators were seen holding placards that read, “Say No to IPOB and their Terrorism,” and “How is burning WAEC Examination materials going to give you Biafra?”
They also chastised Abia senator Enyinnaya Abaribe for exploiting Ndigbo emotions by challenging him to sponsor a bill on the Biafra actualisation.
IPOB’s response to arrest the already debacled situation
Meanwhile, IPOB has denied responsibility for any of these because the sit-at-home was cancelled long ago.
However, it has promised to treat as a traitor anyone found enforcing an abrogated sit-at-home order in the name of IPOB.
ANYBODY CAUGHT USING THE NAME OF IPOB TO ENFORCE NON-EXISTENT SIT-AT-HOME WILL BE TREATED AS A TRAITOR – IPOB
“We, the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by our great leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, wish to reiterate once again, that we have no other sit-at-home order after 14th September. Any other purported sit-at-home including the suspended weekly sit-at-home on Mondays does not exist in the dairy of IPOB. In fact, after September 14, there is no other sit-at-home this week. Any contrary news or speculations to this effect should be ignored.
“Anybody trying to enforce any sit-at-home order using the name of IPOB is a saboturer, and does so at his peril. If we catch anybody disturbing the peace of Biafrans or residents in Biafra land under the guise of enforcing non-existent sit-at-home order, such a person regret his actions because he will receive the reward of traitors.
“IPOB is a responsible organization with reasoning and empathy. We cannot be part of the problem we are trying to solve. We cannot join the enemies to compound the woes of our people we are fighting to liberate. That was why we suspended the ghost Mondays that we earlier declared because of the economic implications to our people. We listened to appeals by the people and reviewed our stance on the matter then. That was why we reduced the sit-at-home protests to the days our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will be making appearances in court. That is enough for now and we stand by it. Anybody trying to impose another sit-at-home order on our people or enforce illegal or imaginary sit-at-home is not IPOB, and must be dealt with. Such a person(s) are working with the enemies to disrepute IPOB, and we won’t tolerate such stupidity.
“On this note, IPOB strongly condemn the barbaric act by hoodlums and mentally deranged fellows who disrupted a WAEC exam in a school in Imo State on Monday. What a stupid madness! Whoever was behind such barbarity must be made to pay for their actions.
“IPOB leadership is hereby promising to replace those motorbikes burnt in the school to their owners and rebuild school blocks burnt by hoodlums in the name of ESN and IPOB volunteers, this is not to portray or indicate that IPOB committed the heinous crimes against our people and promise to set up taxforce to chechmate those parading themselves as IPOB volunteers and those committing this crime against humanity and our people, we plead to Biafrans to bear with us for this dastardly act against humanity they are using to disrepute and demormize IPOB in the world. We are calling on the school management and those their properties were destroyed to contact any IPOB office near to them for possible payments of their properties.”