“We have not asked or authorised anybody to monitor or enforce any lockdown. Again, there will be no lockdown in Biafra land for tomorrow’s court appearance of our Leader.
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has asked residents of the South-East not to sit at home on Thursday, as its leader, Nnamdi Kanu goes to court. Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful in a statement said: “We wish to inform Biafrans, friends of Biafra and lovers of freedom that our Leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will be in court tomorrow, December 2, 2021, in Abuja.
The National Bureau of Statistics says South-East residents paid the highest average price for Premium Motor Spirit, popularly known as petrol, in October. The NBS said this in its “Premium Motor Spirit Price Watch for October 2021’’, released on its website on Tuesday in Abuja.
According to it, the highest average price was recorded in the South-East zone at N167.32 while the North-East had the least average price at N164.46 in the month under review. “The average price paid by consumers for petrol increased by 2.75 per cent on year-on-year basis to N165.60 in October when compared to the value in October 2020 (N161.17).
“The value also increased on month-on-month basis to N165.60 in October from N164.85, showing an increase of 0.46 per cent when compared to the value recorded in September. “States with the highest average price of petrol are Plateau (N172.43), Nasarawa (N170.45) and Abia (N170.25), while states with the lowest average price of petrol are Yobe (N159.86), Kwara (N160) and Lagos (N162.67).”
Monarch, archbishops and bishops from the South-East on Sunday listed conditions that should be pursued by the Federal Government inorder to restore peace in Igboland.
They demand demilitarisation of the zone, deproscription of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and release of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, as well as the government taking practical steps to end the marginalisation of the Igbo from the scheme of things.
The signatories to the document include chairman, Ebonyi State Traditional Rulers Council and Chairman, South East Council of Traditional Rulers, Igwe Charles Mkpuma; Chairman, Abia State Council, Eze Joseph N. Nwabeke; Chairman, Anambra State Council, Obi Nnaemeka Achebe (CFR); Chairman, Enugu State Council, Igwe (Ambassador) L. O. C. Agubuzu (OON) and Chairman, Imo State Council, Eze (Dr). E. C. Okeke. Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Most Reverend (Dr) Anthony J.V. Obinna; Anglican Archbishop of Enugu, Most Reverend (Dr) Emmanuel O. Chukwuma (OON); Methodist Archbishop of Umuahia, Most Reverend (Dr) Chibuzo R. Opoko; Catholic Archbishop of Onitsha, Most Reverend (Dr) Valerian M. Okeke; past Principal Clerk, Presbyterian Church Nigeria, Most Reverend (Dr) Uma A. Onwunta; Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Bishop Obi Onubogu and Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), South-East, Reverend (Dr) Abraham Nwali.
Their intervention on the worrisome trend in the South-East is coming against the heightened tension ahead of the governorship election slated for this weekend in Anambra State. The traditional rulers and clerics announced a plan to have audience with President Muhammadu Buhari on the worsening insecurity in the South-East with the aim of bringing succour to the people of the area.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai has said that their biggest fear in the North-West region is Boko Haram relocating to the zone because they are being chased out from the north-east by ISWAP.
Speaking at the inaugural edition of the ‘Fountain Summit’, an event organised by the Ekiti government, the Kaduna state Governor stated that there is need to collaborate and work on improving security or more than that.
The South-East Governors and traditional rulers on Tuesday, October 5, condemned the Indigenous People of Biafra over the Monday sit-at-home order, saying it has had negative effects on the economy of the region.
Joe Igbokwe, an APC chieftain and Special Adviser to Lagos state governor on Drainage and Water Resources, has said that members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, are responsible for the bloodshed in the South East.