The Abia State Government said in a statement on Friday that it was “monitoring the situation” with the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu who is an indigene of the state.
Kanu is standing trial for treason over his agitation for Biafra.
The Commissioner for Information, John Okiyi Kalu released this statement.
The statement reads: “The Abia State Government is confident that the judiciary will ensure a free and manifestly fair trial for him and others as they remain innocent until proven guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction.
“We remain in touch with his family members, other relevant persons and institutions, and receive regular updates through them on the situation.”
On the IPOB’s sit-at-home order which begins on Monday, August 9th, the Abia State Government also commented on the issue.
IPOB issued a statement some time back, ordering the residents of all the South East states to stay indoors, while economic and social activities are suspended every Monday from 06:00 a.m. to 06:00 pm as part of measures to put pressure on the federal government to free Kanu who was said to be abducted from Kenya and has been in DSS custody since his arrest.
The statement reads: “While Government will not compel anyone wishing to sit at home for any reason whatsoever not to do so, as citizens have freedom of movement under the extant Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, we wish to strongly advise that nobody should also compel or enforce any sit at home order from any non-state actor, as doing so does not serve any known interests of the people of the state.”
“Furthermore, compelling our children to stay away from school can only serve the interests of the yet to be properly identified persons who may not want to see us make progress as a people.
“Similarly, our traders sitting at home at a time they need to work very hard to sustain their families and create wealth especially in this era of COVID-19 impacted global economy will obviously not serve any development interest of our hardworking citizens.”
The government appealed to residents and visitors to Abia to go about their normal businesses without fear as it has made adequate provision for public safety and security.