The Delta state government insisted
that it is not part of Biafra
The Delta state government has publicly
denied being a part of Biafra and has
warned its agitators to stay clear off the
The agitation for an independent Biafra
state has risen with different protests and
by members of separatist groups being
organised in different parts of the country.
The arrest of Nnamdi Kanu has also raised
the level of protest and call for an
independent state but the Delta state
government has rejected the notion that it
is part of the proposed Biafra.
The Guardian reports that Mr. Festus Ovie
Agas who is the Secretary to Government
of the state noted that the Indigenous
People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Movement
for the Actualization of the Sovereign State
of Biafra (MASSOB) have intensified their
“Faced with this situation, it has become
imperative for the Government of Delta
State to make this clarification to avoid any
confusion or misunderstanding regarding
the status of Delta State in the renewed
“While some communities in the state may
have cultural affinity with the people of the
South-East, it is clearly a patent error for
anybody or group to suggest or insinuate
that Delta State, or more specifically, the
Anioma people have been or are part of
the South-East that is supposed to make up
the proposed Biafra Republic.
He explained that the state has always
occupied a unique place and has never
been part of Biafra agitation.
He rejected the inclusion of Delta State
without her consent in the proposed Biafra
He also warned against any form of protest
or rally in the pursuit of Biafra.
Meanwhile, IPOB lamented the continued
detention of Kanu by security operatives.
Guardian reports that the pro-Biafra group
claimed that Kabiru Umar, popularly known
as Kabiru Sokoto, who was sentenced to life
imprisonment for mass murder in 2013 has
been released by President Muhammadu
Buhari while Kanu was still in detention.
In a statement released by the
spokespersons of the group, Emma Nmezu
and Dr. Clifford Chukwuemeka Ironya, IPOB
claimed most of its members arrested
were either injured or dead.