The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Abakaliki on Thursday 27 September, 2018 met with the principal officers in Afikpo Ebonyi south senatorial district with the aim to find lasting solutions to the issues setting the progress of the struggle in the area backwards.

The closed-door meeting was attended by the IPOB principal officers in Afikpo, and the coordinator Ebonyi state IPOB, the PRO of the state IPOB, Bishop Nwachinemerem Stanley and the state media head Mazi Ogeh Friday Igiri, others includes the Ebonyi south senatorial district coordinator Rev. Oko Elijah, the Afikpo North Local government coordinator Mazi Okechukwu Okpara and many other influential persons in Afikpo.

After the opening prayer for the commencement of the meeting by Rev. Oko Elijah, the Afikpo zonal coordinator Mazi Igwe Johnson who hosted the meeting tabled the three agendas for the meeting which bothers on: (1.) Alleged fake receipt used in Ebonyi. (2.) The proposed visit of Africa Rep to Afikpo. (3.) The ways forward in Afikpo zone and Ebonyi south.

Throwing light into the above agendas, he explained that some Afikpo members of IPOB residing at Igweocha visited the state and complained that the receipt used by the Indigenous People Of Biafra in collecting monthly dues is a fake receipt, that the one used in Igweocha is different, for that reason they stopped remitting the National monthly dues to the state after alleging to have paid unconfirmed N5,000 to the state.

Talking about the second agenda, he said that some Afikpo members of IPOB in Igweocha and those at home arranged for Africa Rep to come to Afikpo to clear them on the issue of conflagrating receipt and place a direct call to Mazi Uche Mefor for them to speak on Radio Biafra London during live broadcast, but was astonished when they were informed that the visit cannot hold unless the state coordinator approves it which he did not.

The next agenda was the ways forward in Afikpo zonal IPOB knowing that they play a lot of vital roles in enhancing the struggle in the entire Ebonyi south senatorial district.

When addressing the issues raised, the Ebonyi state IPOB coordinator Mazi Igwe Ogbonnaya, stated that the receipt used in collecting monthly dues in Ebonyi is the original for the state, saying that the colour of receipt used in Ebonyi, Igweocha, Enugu, Anambra and other States are not the same, saying that they should have complained to the state instead of going to some individuals in  Igweocha, which does not give them accurate information on what is happening in the state. He further stated that the head of IPOB finance Mrs. Nnennaya Anya gave the go ahead order for the printing of the receipt as well as approved for it to be used. He added that the national auditor properly scrutinized it when he came for auditing in the state and approved of it.

When reacting to this, Mazi Egwu Nwaga from Oziza complained that the money being paid in Afikpo zone ends up in the wrong hands that investigations should be made over this.

Mazi Anthony Ezeaku complained that the problem in Afikpo was masterminded by the zonal coordinator, Mazi Igwe Johnson because he feeds them with wrong information on the happenings in the state.

The state IPOB PRO Bishop Nwachinemere Stanley asked Igwe Johnson the zonal coordinator to bring the receipt he was using to collect money from the people and tell them whom he was remitting to since it was only N5,000 that he said to have submitted to the state which has not being confirmed by the financial officer in the state either true or false.

Defending this Mazi Igwe Johnson said that his wife locked the room where he would have collected the receipt, so he cannot get it as at then. He presented two different receipt bearing N3,000 and N2,000 which nonaligned with payment of monthly dues.

The matter was adjourned to next month for all the affected units under Afikpo zone and individuals to bring the receipt and evidence of their payments both monthly dues and other donations, because the coordinator Mazi Igwe Johnson will render thorough account since the day he assumed office.

Reacting to the invitation of the Africa Rep to Afikpo, Mazi Igwe Ogbonnaya said that he doesn’t see any reason for the coming of Africa Rep because they don't follow the normal procedures.

He said that they should have confined in the state instead of those who cannot give them accurate information on what is happening in the state knowing it that they will not be led astray by the state.

Elder Uche Agu Uche appreciated the state coordinator for his resilience and courage to resolving the quagmires halting the activities of IPOB in Afikpo, which according to him has come to a stop having discovered the source of the brouhaha. 

On his words of admonition, Mazi Igwe Ogbonnaya said that the reason why they don't hear their names on Radio Biafra London among those that paid was because the money doesn’t reach the state for proper remittance to the head of finance Mrs. Nnennaya Anya. He urged them to attend meetings both LGA, senatorial and state to know what is happening in the state to avoid being used by anybody for selfish interest. He equally made it clear that IPOB is not a business organization nevertheless, everybody will surly account for his activities in IPOB as at when due.

Written by:
Ogeh Friday Igiri
For: Ebonyi State Media

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