The apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, expresses concern over the impact of sit-at-home orders in the South East, stating that more than 250 people have lost their lives since August 2021 due to the enforcement of these orders. President General Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu condemns the illegal calls for sit-at-home and the resulting hardships, loss of life, and destruction of property faced by residents in the region. The ongoing enforcement by non-state actors has caused fear, hindered lawful businesses, and led to losses worth trillions of naira on each sit-at-home day.
In response to the situation, an Igbo youth group urges the Senate to take decisive action in addressing the issue of Simon Ekpa, a Finland-based individual who claims to be a disciple of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu. The group calls for Ekpa’s extradition, as they view his activities in the South East as criminal and destabilizing. Despite Kanu’s recent plea to end the sit-at-home, Ekpa refuses to comply unless he meets with Kanu in Finland, raising concerns about his intentions and motives.