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IPOB warns: Don’t use almajiris to spread COVID-19 in Igboland

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has raised the alarm of plot to spread the dreaded Coronovirus through the massive transportation of almajiris (street beggars) from endemic North to less endemic States of the South East.

IPOB alleged that the plot was hatched by “some Northern elements to export Coronavirus from its Kano epicentre to other parts of Nigeria” particularly the South East, alleging further that “those behind this evil plot are currently pursuing its actualisation under the guise of repatriation of almajiris to their home States. 

It stated that South East has “no almajiri as that is not our culture. Why then are those behind the sending of almajiri boys to Enugu doing so, if not to infest Igboland with COVID-19?”

The group warned that it would not accept dispatching of almajiri boys to any part of Igboland.

It also alerted that “Arewa North dominated by Fulani have been secretly sending Coronavirus patients in the name of sending out their alamajiri group to Enugu State since the lockdown started. 

“Some of those almajiri sent to Enugu State but intercepted by security agents  were tested and found  positive of COVID-19 pandemic. Dispatching alamajiri to our land under any guise will not be accepted. We shall stoutly resist this move”, IPOB further warned.

“It is no longer hidden that Coronavirus pandemic (COVID19) is currently ravaging Kano and other parts of the North. Instead of locking down to stem the spread as was done by all States” in South East, “Northern leaders opened their borders and allowed free movement of their people many of who are now infested with the pandemic. Now they intend to infest the rest of us with the virus under the guise of repatriation of almajiris. We won’t allow this evil plot”, IPOB insisted. 

The group therefore urged everybody in Igboland including politicians, businessmen and women as well as students, churches and all the stakeholders in our land to stand up and stop the alleged evil plan as according to it, “our land cannot be a depot for alamajiri.”

The statement issued on Monday was signed by Emma Powerful, Publicity Secretary of IPOB added that “the North knows that South East and South South don’t have alamajiri or wayward people since our lives. Therefore, they must immediately recall them before it gets too late because IPOB will not accept that nonsense transfer of human beings affected with diseases to our territory”, alleging that it was part of the plot to depopulate the South East and South South.

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