The Chidi Ibeh faction of Ohanaeze Ndigbo issued a call to the residents of the South East to disregard the two-week sit-at-home order by Biafra agitator, Simon Ekpa, based in Finland. They urged the people of the zone to rise against Ekpa’s notorious activities and put an end to them.
In a statement released in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, the Secretary-General of the Ohanaeze faction, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, announced that the Igbo organization is offering a substantial bounty of $500,000 for anyone providing valuable information leading to Ekpa’s arrest. The Ohanaeze faction is determined, in conjunction with South East political leaders, to bring Ekpa to justice for his alleged sponsorship of armed groups and involvement in violence in the region.
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Additionally, the group called upon all Igbo individuals to actively work towards preventing violence and disruptions of economic activities in the region.
In another development, the President General of Ohanaeze, Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, highlighted the significant role of the Igbo community in Nigeria’s social, political, and economic history during an event in North London. He emphasized that apart from their widespread presence and business activities throughout the country, the Igbo community contributes significantly to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
At the reception held in his honor by the UK branch of Ohanaeze at St. Edmund’s Church Hall in Edmonton Green, Iwuanyanwu shared plans to establish a Hall of Fame and Museum of Igbo history to honor notable Igbo figures who have played pivotal roles in shaping and preserving their heritage.