Members of IPOB have vowed to kill any individual that ventures to vote in the coming governorship election in Anambra.
According to a report by Punch, barely one week to the state's governorship election, the proscribed group vowed to disrupt the election and threatened voters with death.
It was further reported that members of the group marched around some streets in Onitsha, Anambra State on Friday, November 10, 2017 to announce their intentions.
The Anambra governorship election is scheduled to hold on Saturday, November 18, 2017.
In the videos circulating online, the IPOB members said, “If you vote you will die. Don’t go out, stay in your house. If you vote on November 18, you will die. We are not running around for the zoo.
“There will be no election. We will not participate, we will not vote. Nothing concerns us with any election. We are formidable.
“We are in Onitsha to tell the Federal Government to produce Kanu. They should release all the Biafrans in Nigerian prisons.”
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The IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, noted that the purpose of the demonstration in Onitsha was to show the world that “the threat of bullet” would not stop the group from realising its aim of having Biafra Republic.
Powerful said, “Today in Onitsha, we broke the python Buratai, Ohanaeze, Obiano and Igbo governors brought to our land. Anybody doubting the resolve of IPOB under the supreme command of Nnamdi Kanu is mistaken.
“We will put Anambra State on lockdown on November 18. This is a taste of what is to come. Nigeria should be prepared.
“It is also very critical to inform every Biafran, be you IPOB family member, businessman, farmer, artisan, driver, teacher, doctor, motorcycle/tricycle union, civil servant, trader, market leader, National Union of Road Transport Workers, National Association of Road Transport Owners, fisherman, market men and women, including politicians who believe in freedom and liberty of a free independent State of Biafra, to boycott the Anambra State election.”
Powerful further said the election boycott will give their agitation a global momentum needed to make world leaders accept a peaceful break-up of Nigeria.
“They will be morally bound to consider a possible date for Biafra’s referendum for independence without delay. A vote in Anambra elections will mean electing into office the same people who, over the years, have been responsible for the death, pain, misery, agony and suffering of our people. We would have only succeeded in renewing our suffering for another four years,”
In September 2017, the Defence Headquarters branded the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) a "militant terrorist organisation" and urged parents to dissuade their wards from joining the group.
Subsequently South Eastern governors banned activities of the proscribed group in a joint communique sent out to the media in September 2017.
Leader of the group, Nnamdi Kanu has been missing following a raid on his house by the Nigerian army in September 2017