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Anambra residents shun Ekpa’s sit-at-home order


Residents of Anambra State on Friday discarded the warning by a faction of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), loyal to Simon Ekpa.

This is as normal economic activities held in towns in all parts of Anambra State, despite the order by factional leader of IPOB, Simon Ekpa for a five-day sit at home.

THE RAZOR correspondent who moved around Awka and also gathered information from other parts of the state learnt that the markets, banks, schools and other public places were all open for business.

There have been a bitter rivalry between Nnamdi Kanu’s faction of IPOB, and that of Finland based Simon Ekpa, over who controls the group. The incarceration of Kanu seems to have given Ekpa the opportunity to take over.

The Kanu faction of the group, through its spokesperson, Mr Emma Powerful had issued a counter press release, urging everyone to go about their normal duties.

Also, Nnaemeka Ejiofor, one of Kanu’s lawyers had in a recent voice note purported to be sent to Powerful, announced that he was among the lawyers who recently visited Kanu.

He said: “Onyendu (our leader) said I should tell Emma Powerful to rebroadcast this message, that those ordering sit at home in December, when our people should be preparing to come home for Christmas are the real enemies of our people.

“They are doing this thing so that I will not be released. They may be Igbo, speaking same language with us, but they can not be said to be our people any longer,” the voice not stated.

Ekpa had declared a five-day sit at home, without any reason for the action. The days he said the exercise would be observed included; 9, 10, 11 12 and 14 December.


Ifeizu is a seasoned journalist and Managing Editor of TheRazor. He has wide knowledge of Anambra State and has reported the state objectively for over a decade.

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