Curfew declared in Aba over Nnamdi Kanu’s IPOB clash with soldiers

IPOB members in a rally
IPOB members in a rally

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has declared a three-day dusk-to-dawn curfew in Absolute, Abia State, following repeated clashes between Nigerian soldiers and separatist agitators.

The governor said the state will continue to subscribe to the supremacy of the Nigerian Constitution and work with the federal government to forestall seccessionist threats.

The governor also noted that the clash is directly linked to the deployment of soldiers across South-East as part of the rejuvenated Operation Python Dance.

The curfew begins at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday and will last until September 14.

The announcement comes amidst growing skirmish between Nigerian soldiers and pro-Biafra separatists led by Nnamdi Kanu.

Soldiers clashed with the separatists this afternoon, two days after similar clash left at least three persons injured, including a policeman and a soldier.

Mr. Kanu’s lawyers say the IPOB leader had been placed on house arrest in his ancestral neighborhood of Afaraukwu, a suburb of Umuahia, the state capital

Bellow is the full statement as signed by the governor moments ago:

Abia State has for the past few days been the focus of security searchlight occasioned by the reported skirmish between some groups in the State, especially Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) with men of the Nigerian Army. Government notes and has observed the frenzy of activities of members of IPOB within Afara – Umuahia, the ancestral home of the leader of IPOB for some months now. Government is equally aware of the recent proclamation by the Nigerian Army of Operation Python Dance II within the South – East geopolitical region of Nigeria. The operation as declared by the Army is intended to check kidnapping, banditry, assassination, secessionist activities within the region, amongst other forms of criminal activities.

The recent confrontation between the Nigerian Army and members of IPOB on Sunday, 10th September, 2017, could presumably be attributed to the commencement of the said Operation Python Dance II. The Abia State Government unequivocally states that Abia is a component State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and subscribes to the supremacy of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and all other extant laws.

While the Government of Abia State recognizes the right of the Nigerian Army and other security agencies, to perform their statutory duty of protection of lives and property of Nigerian citizens, such duties must be carried out within acclaimed Nigerian and international standards of engagement with the civil populace, with due respect to the human rights of citizens and sanctity of human lives.

Abia State Government is committed to the protection of the lives and properties of its citizens and others residing and doing business within the geographical entity called Abia State. Abians and others living within Abia, are advised to remain law abiding and carry on their lawful business without fear, as efforts by Government will be made to reduce friction between the civil populace and military personnel in the State. Meanwhile, Aba residents are advised to observe a curfew from 6pm to 6am fromtoday 12/09/2017 to 14/09/2017.

Persons residing within the State are strongly advised to remain law abiding, while going about their lawful business without fear of molestation, and, not engage in any form of confrontation with military personnel or other security agents.

The Government recognizes the constitutional Right to Freedom of Movement for all Nigerians, but objects to the influx of people into Abia State for purposes of unsettling the enduring peace in the State.

Finally, Abia State will co – operate with security agencies to maintain the rule of law and order in the State.

Okezie Ikpeazu PhD

Governor, Abia State

12/09/2017


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  • Washington

    Please give us guns and ammunition to fight the invaders Governor Ikpeazu. Ojukwu did for us.Do your own .it is your turn to arm us Ikpeazu.Please stop pleading with them we are equal to the task.We cannot beg Hausa/Fulani to stop killing us just give us gun and weapons then we will stop them.We are not cowards.

    • Akiika

      Internet warrior! you go fit wait if you see gun?
      How come your moniker is “washington”, not “Abia” or “Aba”.
      You guys just want to lead the hungry and ignorant Igbos in the East to their early grave, while you hide behind a keyboard writing gibberish.

      • Victoria

        Only Ebola can solve Nigeria’s and Biafrans agitators problem

    • Sunny

      @Washington.So you want war.How old were you during the last Nigeria/Biafra war.My dear war is not a tea party.Ojukwu of the blessed memory propelled by his late father ‘s stupendous wealth led Biafra to war and latter absconded to Ivory Coast,when the ‘heat ‘ became unbearable.Let’s say no to another war in Nigeria._

      • Brandy Williams

        Hello Sunny, I have been reading through people comments, and of course I do not understand of what I am reading at all… All I know is I got message from a dear friend of mine in that city with this article… I have not heard from him since and I am very very worried. What does all this mean??

        • Sunny

          There is dusk to dawn curfew in place.Now is the time for matured minds to speak up.Let’us say no to another war in Nigeria.

  • Wilfred Bankole Ademokun

    Good move coming from the good governor of Abia state, the tension is extremely high and it’s about going negative. Well done good and reasonable governor.

  • AFRICANER

    Good speech by the governor.

    Igbos, don’t let the trouble stay in only one region. Every region should have equity.

    Igbo soldiers in the Nigerian Army, don’t let any unfairness happen to your people. Be brave, and be wise.

  • Idris Aliyu mahmood

    The governor senses what is coming; a state of emergency in his state and maybe the entire southeast. A people with no sense of history, maybe a waste of history.

    • AFRICANER

      Even if all that happens, it’s quite early for you to celebrate.
      This time around, the theater of war will be everywhere.

      There’s nothing brave about a country’s army starting war by killing civilians; it may take a while before the opposition gets ready, but expect it.

      • wode

        There is nothing like war. Are you carrying gun?

    • cheky

      With all due respect, you comment makes no sense. It may not be easy as you thought, dialogue is still the best option. Forget about that your useless history.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      WE ARE NOT SCARED, WE WERE PEACEFUL BEFORE YOUR THUGS IN UNIFORM ARRIVED TO KILL AND SHOW FORCE TO CIVILIANS. LET THE STATE OF EMERGENCY COME.

      ALL HAIL BIAFRA !!

      BIAFRA FOREVER !!

      WE LOVE BIAFRA WITH ALL OUR HEARTS !!

      • Emeka

        Anuofia.

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          WHY ARE YOU SO FRUSTRATED ?

          • Aminu Mahmoud

            Why Emeka is sad and disturbed over these skirmishes between un- employed/illiterate youths and Nigerian Army is who through hard work and ingenuity has gained his/her wealth and fame may never wish for violence as he/she has something to loose if it happened but people like you who strives on looting and has nothing good to offer to the country rather becoming a heavy burden to the society,envy others and have something to loose in the event of violence.

          • Aminu Mahmoud

            Why Emeka is sad and disturbed over these skirmishes between un- employed/illiterate youths and Nigerian Army is who through hard work and ingenuity has gained his/her wealth and fame may never wish for violence as he/she has something to loose if it happened but people like you who strives on looting and has nothing good to offer to the country rather becoming a heavy burden to the society,envy others and have nothing to loose in the event of violence.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Emeka is a fake Lai-blogger, he is not Igbo, we are technologically apt and know all government bloggers. Please check the wasc and Jamb results for the past 15 years and tell us were the illiterates you talk about reside, we do not have many in the SE.

        • W. Wakefield Smith

          Hi Emeka please take a look at the right side of that building next to you, there is a Transformer over there. Kindly go hug it an die.

    • Gary

      Can we ask how you would have reacted had Obasanjo used the Army to quell the violent agitation for Sharia Law in the Far Northern States.
      Unwittingly, Buhari’s desire to reimpose Hausa-Fulani domination of Nigeria will spell the doom for his people. Just remember that we have less than two years to the next elections.
      And that’s even if Buhari is still alive by then. He’s already a lame duck President as potential successors are now openly campaigning.

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        The stillness of a tiger doesn’t make it a lazy animal.

        If only you remove your toga of ethnic warrior, you’d be more engaged, Gary.

  • Emeka

    Abia Governor was duely informed of this operation by the Nigerian Army before they started. It is utterly irresponsible for a citizen without legitimate authority to assemble uneducated unemployed boys and cash in on their frustrations to disrupt the peace in Abia hiding under freedom of speech or associations. If every adult Igbo starts a similar organisation in the name of freedom of speech, imagine what would be the outcome. My pity goes to the confused Igbo elite who after being called pigs by Kanu still rush to defend the miscreant. That Jonathan failed election through the same process that elected him in 2011 is not a reason for insubordination to constituted authority. Governments all over the world have the authority to proscribe any association like IPOB that poses a risk to the freedom or peace of others.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      I BET YOU ARE NOT MORE EDUCATED THAN OHANEZE, THEY HAVE ASKED BUHARI TO WITHDRAW HIS THUGS ASAP !!

    • Epsilon_Delta

      Emeka ofemmannu!

    • Susu

      Supreme leader of IPOB Nnamdi kanu is a hero.. Go to his residence rt now more 1, 000 IPOB members are there solidarity for ever.. Biafra our hope…. Zoo is forever bunch of failures

      • Emeka

        1000 unemployed youth? This is your idea of a country in a competitive world where young smart youth are employed and developing software and technology. Igbo young men are busy guarding another unemployed man who still lives in his father’s house? Lord have mercy.

  • PolyGon2013

    The governor did the right thing. IPOB should be careful, or otherwise, a state of emergency would be declared in the whole of SE, and each state will be run by an administrator. All legislation will be subjected to the dictate of the Senate.

    • Sandra

      Thanks, but your advise is for a cowardly slavish mind..!!! It’s more suited to yourself..!!!

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      IGBOS WILL NEVER STOP SEEKING FOR A BIAFRAN HOMELAND………QED !!

      • marcos avelino

        When the tibetans get Tibet from China , or the Kurds get Kurdistan from Iraq , Turkey and Iran , when the Kasmiris get Kashmir from India , when the catalonians get from spain , then the Ibos will get their puny 29,000 sq km land from Nigeria. You may have to wait for eternity. We cant allow your greedy dreamy naive simpletons hoping for a fabled utopia turn this land into liberia or somalia

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          RANTINGS OF A COWARD !! WE LOVE BIAFFRA , WE ARE NOT RELATED TO YOU AT ALL.

          ALL HAIL BIAFRA !!

  • wode

    There is definitely need for sanity across board. As the NE sanitation is winding down, El-Zakzaky and his IMN put in their place, the Arepo Oil Pipeline bunkering swept away, the ND Avengers got pushed back into their shell while crocodile smiles., it’s time fort Python to dance. Let the dance continue. We need nothing less than peace so as to pave room for growth and development. We can not continued to be hoodwinked by ethnic jingoist and gullibility exploiters. Nigeria will be great again!

    • Sandra

      Lol..when was Nigeria ever great..???

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      For how long will your curfews and detentions last ? WILL YOUR UNLAWFUL DRACONIAN TACTICS STOP THE AGITATION FOR A BIAFRAN STATE ?……..NEVER !!………YOU CANNOT THINK PROPERLY.

      • princegab

        Remember my advice. Cut snake head.

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          THERE ARE A MILLION NNAMDI’S IN BIAFRALAND, YOU CANNOT THINK PROPERLY, WE EVEN DISLIKE NIGERIA THE MORE WITH SUCH BARBARIC AND LAWLESS ACTIONS.

          WE ARE NOT AFRAID OF TERRORIST GOVERNMENT, WE ONLY WANT TO GO AND FACE THE WORLD ON OUR OWN, WE DO NOT LIKE YOU AT ALL.

          ALL HAIL BIAFRA.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            If you are not afraid, buy a one-way ticket for you and your family and go back home.

            You cannot hide behind a keyboard and be encouraging others to die for your s!lly dreams.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            BIAFRAN STRUGGLE IS AN INTERNATIONAL ONE

        • W. Wakefield Smith

          The snake has grown so wild and as big as Anaconda from amazon that one wouldn’t dare near it talk less of cutting the head.

      • wode

        My introductory part is quite instructive.

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          My conclusive part is equally instructive .

    • W. Wakefield Smith

      that is not called peace. you subjugate people into submission and the ugly trend will keep on rising.

      • wode

        Which people – the unruly?

    • Jude

      U $ who? d zoo can never be great , hw long wl obi be a boy… We belong to biafra, biafra is our hope.. I d hail u Nnamdi Kanu/IPOB, u have drawn attention of d world to d zoo.. Soon,international comm $ UN, USA wl make a statement… Bye bye hausa $.fulani

    • AryLoyds

      Pythons DONT DANCE ! They swallow their prey whole !

      • aisha ani

        This particular Python will swallow after dancing aka torture.

        • AryLoyds

          Torture, so that is what you are thought in your mosque?

          • aisha ani

            I have never been to a Mosque so I wouldn’t know.

    • Kallah Bature

      Yes you are right on point.For those politicians hiding behind the facade of the uncalled for and directionless IPOB agitation, to destabilise the good intention of the Federal government ,their days are numbered.

  • Man_Enough

    Every secessionist agitation should be routed through recognized representatives of the people otherwise it is reasonable. Ibos have able representatives in both houses of congress. It is criminal by all standards for any other individual to force his desire on others.

    • W. Wakefield Smith

      who forced his will on others? please your response will unveil some truth and facts here.

    • Kallah Bature

      True. A collection of unelectable rip rats who lack the mandate of their people can’t hold an entire region to ransom through selfish/irresponsible acts.

  • marcos avelino

    Cowards , they will all scatter when the uns come in . Turn those den of criminals into to sambisa let them test what maiduguri did in jonas time Nigerian Army wake up to your duty do not be intimidated by nonsensical hetoric about international law
    Nobody will be allowed to tear nigeria Tell the indians to let the kashmiris go, they ve been at the UN for 60 years or more. Tell the israelis immigrants from europe who came and displaced poor palsetinians and robbed them of their land to give them their nation , tell the russians to let the chechens go , instead they rained 100,000 bombs on grozny and levelled it to the ground in 2001 , tell the Chinese to let the tibetans go , Tell the iraqis to let the kurds go , thell the iranians to let the kurds go , tell the spanish to let the catalonians go , then and only then will Nigeria let the Ibos go with their puny 29,000 km sq land. ( half of Borno state !!! ) Its a domino effect , no nation will allow that only some few europeans – even the british did not allow the irish for long. Nigeria has not reached that stage. What will happen if you are allowed is to turn nigeria into Liberia or Somalia. Nigerian army wake up , pulverize these cockroaches before they pollute the house

    • Ibu Anyi Danda

      Biafrans will definitely invent another more deadly Otapiapia for you so that you will commit suicide when Biafra is restored. Cretin!! All Hail Biafra.

    • Cuba

      Bunch of zoos, ignorant, blindfolded, … Up Nnamdi kanu…up IPOB..up biafra

      • Smart

        Cownoo is on the run, hiding in one of their Hut, while his coward criminals members relegated to small corners for escape.
        The responsible are then there watching

    • Frank Bassey

      This comment sounds hollow; it is accelerated idiocy. Our Ibo brothers are never known to be cowards. Not even the entire East, including the South South. Citing “punny 29,000 km sq. land” amounts to amputated reasoning. How large is Japan, Belgium …? It is not an expanse landmass of illiterate and lazy lurks that matters; it is the quality of brains. Look at their performance in WAEC, NECO, JAMB … compare with those from large km sq land where you need only score 2 to enter unity schools. You may complete your story with Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia where breakup occurred – one bloody, the other peaceful. But Nigeria’s case is different: Oil blocks, oil money, free booze, is the driving force. Look at this list and see what you are not addressing:

      BUHARI’S RECENT APPOINTMENTS AT NNPC – SIGN OF AN UPRIGHT SAINT WITHOUT CORRUPTION

      1. Shaibu Musa – MD, NNPC Medical Services
      2. Ibrahim Birma – Group General Manager, Audit Division
      3. Ahmed Katagum – Group GM Shipping
      4. Kallamu Abdullahi – Group GM, Renewable Energy Division
      5. Dr Bola Afolabi – Group GM, Research & Development
      6. Adeyemi Adetunji – MD, NNPC Retail Division
      7. Usman Yusuf – Group GM, NNPC GMD Office
      8. Bala Wunti – in charge of Corporate Planning & Strategy
      9. Umar Ajiya – MD, Nigerian Products Marketing Company
      10. Muhammed Abah – MD, Warri Refining Petrochemical Company
      11. Malami Shehu – MD, Port Harcourt Refining Company
      12. Adewale Ladenegan – MD, Kaduna RefiningPetrochemical Co
      13. Diepriye Tariah – MD, Integrated Data Services
      14. Rland Wubare – GM National Petroleum Investment Services
      NOTE: Maikanti Baru – still GMD, NNPC.
      Isiaka Abdulrasaq – GMD Finance & Services
      Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari – Petroleum Minister

  • princegab

    What’s the army looking for in residential areas of the state. Has BH invaded the city?
    Please don’t give ipob cheap victory. Fg should send the army out now!!!!

  • Dan maikoko

    We are a nation emerging from what by all measures is a civil war launched by the rulers against the ruled. Mop up is a necessity of every war. Boko haram, Niger delta militants and now IPOB is our own necessary mop up operations. Go ahead Nigeria army we don’t need any favours from anyone in the SE.

    • Ibu Anyi Danda

      Then get ready to mop up more lands in Chad and the Niger republic for IDP camps for your malnourished lazy Almajiri refugees. All Hail Biafra.

      • marcos avelino

        Be patient mr Ibo you will get your beautiful biyafara but get into the waiting line .first and be very patient then when the tibetans get Tibet from China , or the Kurds get Kurdistan from Iraq , Turkey and Iran , when the Kasmiris get Kashmir from India , when the catalonians get theirs from spain , then the Ibos will get their puny 29,000 sq km land from Nigeria. You may have to wait for eternity. We cant allow your greedy dreamy naive simpletons hoping for a fabled utopia turn this land into liberia or somalia

        • Ibu Anyi Danda

          Even if it is one room, it is better than to co habit with you and other people of the Zoo which you belong. The Germans Magazine describe your country the Zoo called Nigga-Area as giant of fools, (“giant of Africa”) All Hail Biafra.

          • Smart

            But millions of you are still in the zoo more than any other tribe

          • Ibu Anyi Danda

            Millions of your Zoo people are all also leaving in other countries . All Hail Biafra.

    • Kachi

      Reasoning of a zoo..u $ ur ignorant people wl die in d zoo…biafra wl come while d zoo’s unending fight with Boko haram wl continue .. Jealousy..

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      JEHOVA ADONAI

      JEHOVA ELOOHIM

      JEHOVA EL SHADDAI

      THE WALLS OF JERICO FELL ON THE 7TH DAY

      WE SHALL LAUGH LAST…………that sling and stone of David are still with Biafra and the heavily armed and armoured Goloiat fell !!

      ALL HAIL BIAFRA !!

      BIAFRA FOREVER !!

      • Dan maikoko

        Reminds me of Saddam calling on God before the American invasion. The Ibos have the toughest words and loudest voice but the weakest heart. When the going gets tough they disappear . Ojukwu tuck his tail and ran. Kanu, true to type has disappeared.

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          We will disgrace your Islamic army without a single bullet.

  • marcos avelino

    Ibos you will get your biyafara but get into the waiting line . When the tibetans get Tibet from China , or the Kurds get Kurdistan from Iraq , Turkey and Iran , when the Kasmiris get Kashmir from India , when the catalonians get from spain , then the Ibos will get their puny 29,000 sq km land from Nigeria. You may have to wait for eternity. We cant allow your greedy dreamy naive simpletons hoping for a fabled utopia turn this land into liberia or somalia

    • Bulus

      Why are you re-posting this? It sounds cheap and silly. Can we have any more thoughts from you?

    • Sam Madu

      OK. Anything new? Has the flood at Benue gone down

    • Sam Madu

      We want to hear edifying things

    • Ceejay ilo

      You must be a bitter soul. pls seek help.

    • Olusola

      Please stop this! Have you not realised that fewer Igbos are now following Nnamdi after realising he is needlessly creating a problem? We need to encourage our brothers from the SE. We once had OPC (not separatist) but they disturbed, but with time they calmed down.

      • Mcenoch Ofor

        Biafrans are not the oduduwas my friend

  • JOHN

    It is very clear that the army under the leadership of the north is out to provoke crisis in the south east. How do you explain their exercise in the vicinity of Kanu’s compound. They appear to harbour ulterior motives but are using what they call exercise as a pretext to intimidate legitimate agitations by the ibos. The army should withdraw from the vicinity where people reside and give peace a chance. It the practice the world over for the army to carry out such exercises far away from where people live especially when they are to use live bullets. Nigerians have the right to live and have peace please.

  • Mr Integrity

    Why cant they just kill this nonsense Kanu and throw his rotten body in the river so that South East will be safe? Look like this man and his mindless supporters are not aware of calamity they want to bring to Igbo land.

    • aisha ani

      Lol!

  • PolyGon2013

    I didn’t read deep into the governor’s statement until I read your piece. You submission is logical, and thanks for educating me on this. I have known that Igbo leadership has been giving clandestine support for this guy. Otherwise, he would have grown wings as he does now. Yep, you convinced me well enough that a state of emergency should be declared in Abia and possibly the rest of SE. Igbo has never been in opposition politically from the beginning of time. You would think that they will take a queue from SW, but they (Igbo) just can’t stand being in opposition.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Bruv, what truly beats me is that the average Igbo is extremely brainy, resourceful and clever.

      But put them in a herd, and they are just lions being led by sheep.

      • AFRICANER

        You probably feel good listening to yourself.

        What you fail to understand: if after trying diplomacy, and statecraft, as the good governor has done, and the Nigerian Army continues to show it’s true primitive intent, then the ‘Biafrans’ in the Nigerian Army, which is about 1/3 of the Army will spark and create a Mutiny. I know you think of Biafrans, or just Igbos themselves, as the civilians in the village; that’s a dangerous miscalculation. The Igbos and Biafrans are also a part of the Nigerian Army, and when they sense that this is actually a religious and an ethnic war, they can start killing the serpent, the “egwu Eke”, can turn into “Ogbu Eke” real fast!.

        It happened in 1960’s. The “Nigerian Army” killed alot of terrorist Hausa-Fulani leaders who were hell bent on terrorizing the Igbos.

        So, get it through your skull, Soyemi, the first serious thing that will happen is that there will be MUTINY within the ARMY! And it’s not pretty. This time around, the north central, the north east, the SS, the SW, will be on the Christian side, and the WAR will likely be against the EKE from Katsina, part of Kaduna, Kano, Sokoto.

        Think before you talk. You may here impressing the gullible with your fake Esq title, but you are making no sense.

  • Sunny

    I am all fours with your scintillating submission.This governor has to act fast and nib this monster in the bud fast before it consumes all.Peace and stability of the state cannot be sacrificed on the altar of procrastination ,just because of the senseless utterances and shenanigans of an individual who had been behaving for quite sometime now like an emperor of an utopian empire,bent on scorning the rule of law of a state that gives him being.

  • AFRICANER

    Don’t forget, it was the “Nigerian Army” that killed all hausa-fulani terrorist leaders in 1966.

    The Army is comprised of people from all ethnic groups. The first serious thing that will happen is a MUTINY!

    Expect it, and most leaders will be killed, first.

    Stop beaming. It’s early MF!