The leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide yesterday called on residents in South East states to ignore the two-day sit-at-home order declared by the faction of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (lPOB) led by Simon Njoku Ekpa.
The sit-at-home order was in protest of the continued detention of the leader of IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who is facing trial.
Ekpa had declared sit-at-home on Monday and Tuesday across the Southeast.
But the South East social cultural apex group condemned the activities of the faction led by Finland based Ekpa and placed a bounty of $50,000 (N37,000,000) on him.
The Secretary-General of Ohanaeze, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, in a statement, said the sit-at-home should be nullified and described the initiator as the number one enemy of the Igbo nation.
Isiguzoro alleged that the Ekpa IPOB group was being sponsored by one of the presidential candidates to scuttle the bulk votes from South East in February 25th elections.
Ohanaeze urged South East governors to declare Monday and Tuesday public holidays to allow people of the South East to get their permanent voters cards, PVCs.
He urged the South East governors to emulate the wisdom of the Abia State government to declare public holidays on the same days for the people to go out and get their PVCs before the deadline on 29th of January 2023.
“Ndigbo has placed a bounty reward of $50, 000 for anyone who has useful information on how Simon Ekpa will be apprehended for his extradition and prosecution in Nigeria, to answer the law of land over his criminalities, incitement of violent killings and burning of public properties in the name of self-determination.”
Ohanaeze urged Igbos residents in Finland to report Ekpa to INTERPOL to aid his arrest.
Meanwhile, gunmen on Sunday night burnt a bus belonging to Ebubeagu security outfit at Onuebonyi in Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
Daily Trust learnt that no life was lost in the incident.
A resident told our correspondent that the gunmen carried out the attack to create fear among members of Ebubeagu operatives and residents in the area to observe the sit-at-home order.
However, banks, schools and the international markets opened yesterday except filling stations.
Our reporter observed that there was partial movement in Abakaliki, the state capital in the morning.
Although, it is expected as usual that other business activities will increase later in the day.