Head of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Directorate of State, Mazi Chika Edoziem on Thursday threatened that the Southeast would be shut down indefinitely, if their leader, Nnamdi Kanu is not released before August 9, 2021.
According to a report by Daily Post, the IPOB declared that it has given the Federal Government just 11 days to free its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, unconditionally.
Edoziem, in a statement issued yesterday, explained that the lockdown is to ensure the government releases Kanu 'hale and hearty.'
The statement reads in part: "The global community knows that self-determination is not a crime, the Nigerian government equally know that self-determination does not constitute any known offence stipulated in their constitution and therefore do not have any case against the leader of IPOB, Mazi Kanu.
"In recognition of the above fact and truth, the Directorate of State of IPOB, demands herewith an unconditional and immediate release of our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu on or before the 8th day of August 2021, failing which we shall commence a weekly Lockdown of Biafra land starting from 9th August, 2021.
"For the avoidance of doubt, this total lockdown of Biafra land will take place every Monday until our leader is released unconditionally.
"This weekly lockdown is simply one of the measures we shall put in place to ensure that our leader is released hale and hearty."
Kanu is currently in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) where he has been kept after his extradition from a yet to be named African country.
Upon his return, Justice Binta Nyako of an Abuja Federal High Court had remanded him in the custody of the secret police.
On Monday, DSS, however, failed to produce the Biafra agitator in court citing logistics issues.