Soludo secured end to Monday sit-at-home after meeting with IPOB leaders
After months of enforcing a Monday sit-at-home order to protest the illegal detention of separatist leader Nnamdi Kanu, the newly inaugurated government of Professor Chukwuma Soludo said it has secured an agreement with the separatist group, the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB to end the weekly protest in Anambra.
“Following the unanimous agreement of our leaders across the board, and the endorsement of the entire body of Christ, I am pleased to inform our people that today, Monday, April 4, 2022 marks the official end to the “Monday sit-at-home” in Anambra State,” Anambra Governo Prof. Chukwuma Soludo announced on Monday.
Soludo said he would be “announcing the membership of the Peace and Reconciliation Committee that will look into addressing all areas of sincere challenge, including interfacing with the Federal Government on behalf of all Prisoners of conscience”.
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Amnesty to Criminals
Also as part of measures to shore up the security of the state, Soludo said he used the opportunity of ending the Monday sit-at-home to “also offer Amnesty to all our brothers in the various forests around us. Give us your guns and trust us to help you forge a meaningful living”.
The Governor reiterated that “The task of taking back our dear State and reclaiming the dignity of our collective existence is at the heart of our drive towards a Liveable and Prosperous Homeland. This task is a MUST.”
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He added: “I call for your support and prayers, as we have resolved to fiercely go after criminal elements who are out to threaten our peace and distort our development.”
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Why IPOB introduced sit-at-home
IPOB introduced the sit-at-home order as a means of putting pressure on the Nigerian government to release its leader, Mr Kanu, who is standing trial for alleged treasonable felony and terrorism.
Residents were forced to shut down their businesses, and social activities, and stay indoors every Monday because of the order.
Armed men reportedly enforcing the order have in the past killed several people and set ablaze buildings and cars in the region