The Abia State Government has kicked in opposition to the transfer by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra to implement a sit-at-home order within the state.
The state authorities mentioned nobody should be coerced into obeying the sit-at-home order.
Last week, IPOB introduced a complete lockdown of social and financial actions each Monday ranging from August 9 within the South-East area of the nation.
According to the group, the sit-at-home protest could be noticed weekly to demand the liberty of its incarcerated chief, Nnamdi Kanu who has been within the custody of the Department of State Services for over a month.
But in its response, the state acknowledged that it will not fold its palms and watch as persons are pressured in opposition to their want or kids stopped from going to varsities.
The state authorities additionally declared that it’s actively monitoring the scenario with the IPOB chief.
The embattled secessionist chief hails from Afaraukwu, a group in Umuahia, the capital of Abia State.
The state authorities additionally vowed to make sure that Kanu’s basic human rights be revered within the ongoing trial at a Federal High Court in Abuja.
In an announcement signed by Chief John Okiyi Kalu, the Commissioner for Information of the state, the Abia authorities mentioned it remained in contact with “his family members, other relevant persons and institutions, and receive regular updates through them on the situation.”
“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,” the assertion mentioned.
“We, subsequently, want to name on all residents and guests to proceed to be regulation abiding and keep away from any act which may result in a breakdown of regulation and order.
“While the federal government won’t compel anybody wishing to take a seat at house for any motive in anyway not to take action, we want to strongly advise that no person must also compel or implement any sit-at-home order from any non-state actor as doing so doesn’t serve any identified pursuits of the individuals of the state.
“Furthermore, compelling our youngsters to steer clear of faculties can solely serve the pursuits of the yet-to-be correctly recognized individuals who could not need to see us make progress as a individuals.
“Similarly, our merchants sitting at house at a time they should work very laborious to maintain their households and create wealth particularly on this period of COVID-19 impacted world financial system will clearly not serve any growth curiosity of our hardworking residents.
“All regulation abiding residents and guests are subsequently referred to as upon to go about their regular companies with out concern of molestation as enough safety has been supplied to make sure their security.
“Parents and guardians are additionally referred to as upon to make sure that they monitor the actions of their kids and wards with a view to making sure that they don’t have interaction in illegal actions that can put them in hurt’s approach,” the assertion learn.