Yesterday, National Security Adviser (NSA) Nuhu Ribadu held a closed-door meeting with governors from the five SouthEast states in Abuja, led by Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State. The meeting is believed to be related to the 14-day sit-at-home order declared by a faction of the banned Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Anambra, Enugu, Abia, Imo, and Ebonyi States.

After the meeting, Governor Uzodinma, also the chairman of the South East Governor’s Forum, addressed journalists, stating that the governors are committed to restoring peace to the region. They sought to collaborate with the federal government in addressing the escalating insecurity in the area.

Last week, the Senate condemned the sit-at-home order in the South East geopolitical zone and urged the Federal Government to work with the Finnish Government to extradite a pro-Biafran agitator, Simon Ekpa, for prosecution. The Senate plans to conduct a thorough investigation and bring the sponsors of the act to justice. However, the Senate rejected a recommendation for the release of IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu, citing ongoing court proceedings.

The illegal sit-at-home order, enforced by a faction of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in five South-East states, was declared in 2021 to demand the release of IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu, who faces terrorism-related charges and is currently detained by the Department of State Services (DSS).