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–       condemns WASC exam disruption in Imo

Yolamchi Ukaga, Aba

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) says it will set up a taskforce to check the activities of hoodlums who disguise as its members to commit heinous crimes in the South-East region of Nigeria.

This is as the group condemned the disruption of West African School Certification (WASC) examination in Nkume, Njaba local government area of Imo state on Monday, by hoodlums.

IPOB in a statement, issued Tuesday, by Comrade Emma Powerful, its spokesman, stated that the group would never support such an act, which it described as barbaric.

“We strongly condemn the barbaric act by hoodlums and mentally deranged fellows, who disrupted a WASC 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.

The IPOB leadership promised to replace those motorbikes burnt in the school and rebuild school blocks burnt by hoodlums in the name of Eastern Security Network (ESN) and IPOB volunteers.

This, according to the statement, is not to admit or indicate that IPOB committed the heinous crimes against its people and promised to set up a task force to checkmate those parading themselves as IPOB volunteers and those committing these crimes against the people.

The group called for the patience and restraint of the people “over the act against humanity being used by detractors to disrepute and demonise IPOB in the world.” 

IPOB urged the school management and those whose properties were destroyed to contact any IPOB office nearest to them for possible replacement of their properties.

IPOB went on to add that it had no other sit-at-home order after Tuesday, September 14, 2021, noting that anybody trying to enforce any sit-at-home order in its name, would be a saboteur and should be treated as such. 

The group stated that any other purported sit-at-home order, including the suspended weekly (Monday) sit-at-home, did not exist in its dairy.

Reacting to several complaints on the activities of hoodlums who go about harassing people on Mondays, IPOB said that such people would henceforth face its wrath.

“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 will regret his actions, because he will receive the reward of a traitor. 

“IPOB is a responsible organisation 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 the 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, 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 an IPOB member and must be dealt with. 

“Such a person(s) are working with the enemies to disrepute IPOB, and we won’t tolerate such stupidity,” the statement said.

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