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IPOB sacks Simon Ekpa as Radio Biafra broadcaster

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A crack may have erupted in the Radio Biafra as the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has announced the disengagement of Simon Ekpa as its lead broadcaster.

Ekpa was engaged to fill the void left by the re-arrest of the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, as one of the broadcasters on Radio Biafra. He had barely spent three weeks on the assignment.

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However, IPOB explained in a statement, yesterday, that Ekpa’s services might no longer be needed because he had refused to sign the rules of engagement and code of conduct guiding those broadcasting on Radio Biafra.

IPOB’s statement, made available to The Guardian in Enugu and signed by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, deplored Ekpa’s alleged refusal to follow the steps of other broadcasters.

The statement read: “The global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by our great leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has observed with regrets that Mazi Simon Ekpa whom our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu gave an appointment and duty to start broadcasting on Radio Biafra doesn’t want to follow the laid down rules of operation in Radio Biafra.

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“Our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kan, gave the directive while in detention but Mazi Simon Ekpa has refused to follow the principles.

“Mazi Simon Ekpa has refused to sign the rules of engagement and code of conduct guiding those broadcasting on Radio Biafra.

“We don’t understand why Mazi Ekpa would not like to follow the steps of other broadcasters on the platform who have since done the needful.

“IPOB is a big movement, and cannot just change the rules because of one individual as this may set a bad precedence.

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“Mazi Simon Ekpa is hardworking Biafran whose immense contributions towards the restoration of Biafra are highly appreciated, but for not signing the code of conduct as a broadcaster on Radio Biafra, he may not continue to have the opportunity of broadcasting via the platform.

“This decision was not intended to ridicule or undermine anyone but to prove to all that due process cannot be compromised in IPOB.

“IPOB is a well-structured movement where activities of members are regulated with well-thought-out rules. No one should act in a way that suggests that the laws are meant for a certain group of people.

“While Mazi Simon Ekpa has the right to make his broadcasts on Facebook and other platforms of his choice, he may no longer broadcast on Radio Biafra as one of the official broadcasters.”

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