- Vows to fish out culprits, replace burnt, destroyed items, rebuild school blocks
Stung by the barrage of condemnations that trailed the “glorification” and chasing away of students of Comprehensive Secondary School, Nkume-Njaba, Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State who were about to take their compulsory English Language West African Examination Council (WAEC), the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has described the act as “stupid madness”
Vowing that “the barbaric act” was not carried out by its adherents but “by hoodlums and mentally deranged fellows who disrupted a WAEC (West African Examination Council) exam in a school in Imo State on Monday,” the group promises to replace burnt items and rebuild school blocks.
It also said that anyone caught using the name of IPOB to “enforce non-existent sit-at-home will be treated as a traitor.”
In a statement by its Spokesperson, Emma Powerful, the secessionist group reiterated “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 (sic) to checkmate 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.”
The perpetrators of the “barbaric” act made it clear in the viral videos that they were disrupting the examination on behalf of IPOB and in furtherance of its goals.