The Ohanaeze Ndigbo socio-cultural organization has accused Simon Ekpa, an agitator based in Finland, of instigating a second Biafra war in the Southeast region. Ohanaeze made these allegations while announcing a bounty of $500,000 on Ekpa.
Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the Secretary-General of Ohanaeze, issued a statement urging President Bola Tinubu to send troops to every region of the Southeast. Isiguzoro stated that the Southeast governors needed assistance and urged them to defend themselves against external enemies.
Isiguzoro emphasized that they could not allow someone in a distant country like Finland to dictate the situation. He further expressed the need for the government of Ebonyi State and the Southeast region to address the terrorist activities allegedly carried out by Ekpa in his homeland.
Ohanaeze declared that Ekpa’s actions amounted to a declaration of a second civil war in the Southeast and offered a reward of $500,000 for anyone with valuable information. They described this as a self-help initiative to ensure the security of their people.
The statement also criticized the Southeast governors’ strategy for dealing with Ekpa, suggesting that it was ineffective and confirming their suspicion that Ekpa intended to harm the region’s economy.
Ekpa’s declaration of sit-at-home orders has contributed to the ongoing crisis in the Southeast, causing significant disruptions to the region’s economy.