The leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has called on members of the pro-Biafra group to ignore directives of a controversial, self-acclaimed disciple of his, Simon Ekpa.
Recall that Ekpa had last week issued a five-day sit-at-home order in the South-East which led to the killing of many residents of the region, including a pregnant market seller in Enugu State.
Speaking through his special counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, Nnamdi Kanu stated that Ekpa was neither a member of IPOB nor a follower of his self-determination tenets.
The IPOB leader condemned the killings in the South-East, urging the Federal Government to investigate and punish the perpetrators.
Nnamdi Kanu said: “Simon Ekpa is not a member of IPOB. He should be investigated for the killings in the South-East and cannot be fighting for the self-determination of the Biafra people.
The fact is clear. Simon Ekpa is being sponsored by persons we cannot mention this time to destroy the South-East.
He cannot say he is fighting for Biafra’s emancipation and still instigating criminal elements to go after the people he claims he is fighting to protect.
Members of the Eastern Security Network are somewhere killing our innocent people.
This should tell you that Ekpa is acting out scripts by people who want to devour our lands. Ekpa is not my follower.
He cannot say he is my follower or disciple. I condemn Simon Ekpa’s activities.
I never sanctioned any sit-at-home declared by Ekpa. IPOB never authorised or sanctioned it.
Go about your normal business and disregard the threats by Ekpa. He is one of the people who do not want peace in our region. Ekpa is not working for me or IPOB.”