A popular deserted market in Imo. Photo: BBC Pidgin.

Commercial and social activities across the South-East geo-political zone will on Monday and Tuesday, September 13 and 14, 2021, shutdown over a new sit-at-home exercise declared by the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB).

Though the group suspended its weekly sit-at-home exercise every Monday of the week, residents still comply with the directive not minding assurances by security agencies to protect them from harassment and intimidation.

With the weekly exercise still being enforced, the group has now declared September 14 another sit-at-home in the South-East region to honour those murdered on the day personnel of the Nigerian Army raided the home of the secessionist.

The declaration is contained in a statement by the Head, Directorate of Service, Mazi Chika Edoziem, on Tuesday.

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Mr Kanu who is detained at the headquarters of the State Security Service (SSS) fled the country in 2017 after army personnel stormed his Afaraukwu home in Umuahia, the Abia State capital.

He has since been propagating his demands through Radio Biafra and social media platforms until in June when he was intercepted and brought back to the country from Kenya.

“We recall very vividly the carnage of September 12, 2017 by the Nigerian Army which through its ‘Operation Python Dance II’ without any provocation and without any reason whatsoever invaded and occupied Biafraland humiliating, maiming and massacring our people,” the statement read.

“It is still fresh in our minds when on the 14th of September, these murderers and terrorists in army uniform went further to desecrate the traditional stool of the Afaraukwu Kingdom in Umuahia shooting and killing everything in sight resulting in the cold blooded murder of more than 38 Biafran youths and arrest of an unspecified number of Biafran men and women.

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“Recall that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) worldwide has since 2018 set aside September 14 of every year as a day of civil disobedience in the whole of Biafraland.

“In accordance with the well established custom, September 14, 2021 is declared a sit-at-home in Biafraland,” the statement added.

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