July 5, 2022 8:24 pm

ABSG Reveals Stand On MNK Case, Advises Abians

By Our Reporter

Following the rumours circulating in the state that members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB has to commence a sit-at-home on every Mondays with effect from Monday 9, August 2021, the Abia State Government has said that it wlll not compel anyone wishing to sit at home for any reason whatsoever not to do so, as citizens have freedom of movement under the extant Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The government in a press release signed by Chief John Okiyi Kalu, Commissioner for Information and made available to newsmen in Umuahia, however warned that compelling Abia children to stay away from school can only serve the interests of the yet to be properly identified persons who may not want to see Abia make progress as a people.

The Abia State Government made it known that it is actively monitoring the situation with Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who is an indigene of the state and is currently under trial at a Federal High Court in Abuja, with a view to ensuring that his fundamental human rights, as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic, are respected. 

According to the release, the government has remained in touch with his family members, other relevant persons and institutions, and receives regular updates through them on the situation.

While the Abia State Government remained  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 government strongly advised that nobody should also compel or enforce any sit at home order from any non state actor as doing so does not serve any known interests of the people of the state.

The release partly read, “We therefore wish to call on all citizens and visitors to continue to be law abiding and avoid any act that might lead to a break down of law and order.  

“Similarly, our traders sitting at home at a time they need to work very hard to sustain their families and create wealth especially in this era of COVID-19 impacted global economy will obviously not serve any development interest of our hardworking citizens.

“All law abiding citizens and visitors are therefore called upon to go about their normal businesses without fear of molestation as adequate security has been provided to ensure their safety”.

The release called on parents and guardians to ensure that they monitor the activities of their children and wards with a view to ensuring that they do not engage in unlawful activities capable of endangering their future.

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