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Civil society urges against purported one-week stay-at-home in S’East



A GROUP under the aegis of Civil Society Organisation in the South East has cautioned Indigenous People of Biafra (IPoB) and other agitators against carrying out their proposed one-week stay-at-home order in the region.

  The leader of the group Emek aUmeagbalasi, who made their position known said ndi Anambra were worried by the threat.

“Their action will grossly affect the Nov. 6 Anambra State governorship election, thus paving way for the imposition of a state of emergency on the state by the federal government”

Addressing the press in Enugu, the group said that if the governorship election did not hold as scheduled, it would translate to a complete breakdown of law and order even a possible imposition of the much anticipated emergency rule in the region by the federal government.

“Umeagbalasi, who is also the Board Chairman, International Society for Civil Liberties and  Rule of Law said if Anambra election failed, it is going to be a nomadic rainforest.

The group urged the leadership of IPoB and other pro-Biafra agitators to reconsider their stand and rescind the order.

“If the election does not hold on November 6, it means you have created a state of emergency and a complete breakdown of law and order in Anambra State. What this means is that the president cannot keep quiet and allow a part of the country to degenerate into anarchy. The safest thing he can do is to declare a state of emergency in the state. With the planned stay at home, we will be preparing the ground for what happened in Imo to befall Anambra.

The group alleged that a large number of unarmed IPoB members must have been killed in the region and called for caution.

“At least, about 480 unarmed members of the self-determined groups and ordinary citizens were reportedly killed by security operations and about700 seriously injured between August 2015 and September 2017”.

“The people of Anambra State want the election to hold. I am sure the people don’t want emergency rule or anarchy”.

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