The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has declared a sit-at-home action on Tuesday, 28th June 2022, in all the five south-eastern states of Nigeria as the group’s detained leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu reappears in court. The group made the announcement on Monday through its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful. 

What they are saying 
The statement by IPOB, which explained that the sit-at-home order is in solidarity with the reappearance of its detained leader in court, assured the residents that there would be no violence of any sorts in the region. 

What this means 
The order by IPOB implies that no public institution, including banks, markets, offices, schools etc would be open for the day. In the past, non-compliance with the order resulted in violent confrontations between the enforcers and the residents of the state. 

What you should know 

  • IPOB, a separatist group, declares a sit-at-home in the five southeastern states of Nigeria whenever its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is appearing in court following his trial for charges bordering terrorism and treason. 
  • Residents of the region also obey a sit-at-home order every Monday, although IPOB has publicly revoked this order. Unknown gunmen have continued to enforce compliance through violent means despite the reversed order by IPOB.
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