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Ebonyi State Government Demands a Church Close Down

Azubuike Nwadei

The Ebonyi state government has ordered Inyimagu community to close Pinnacle of Grace Assembly church and to stop all the activities and programs of the church with immediate effect, due to the involvement of the founder of the church Bishop Nwachinemere Stanley Iwuala and family in IPOB and Biafra agitation.

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The Iyimagu community leader Chief Samuel Uguru who led members of the community to interrupt the weekly 'hour of mercy program' that holds every Wednesday in the church, anchored by Evangelist Chioma Iwuala the wife of Bishop Nwachinemere Stanley, said they were under serious pressure to shutdown the church with immediate effect or watch the entire community being destroyed by the government.

The Wednesday weekly program which has already started before the angry, helpless pressurized looking members of the host community invaded the church premises on the early hours of Wednesday August 7th, 2019 could not be allowed to continue due to the level of outrageous pressure mounted on the church members by leader of the community Chief Samuel Uguru and his conflagrated looking cohorts.

All the efforts made by the church members to permit them finish the started program proved abortive due to the state government's interest and pressures on the community to chase them away from their legally owned church property.

Recall that Bishop Nwachinemere Stanley Iwuala who is the Public Relations Officer Ebonyi state IPOB as well as the leader of Supreme Clergy Council of Biafra, Ebonyi state led members of IPOB clerics in the state to join the peaceful protest carried out by IPOB family in the state capital on July 29th, 2019 to reject the Nigeria Federal government proposed nationwide RUGA settlement scheme for Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association also known as Fulani herdsmen terrorist in Ebonyi state and Biafra land.

The peaceful protest which clerics, elders, mothers, children and the family members of IPOB in Ebonyi state unanimously carried out attracted the attention of the state and federal government of Nigeria, the restlessness and uncomfortable state of mind created on the government and her corrupt politicians especially in Ebonyi state, made them to resolve at nothing than to go after the IPOB family members in the state.

The Ebonyi state governor David Umahi after the mega massive effective peacefully conducted protest by IPOB family in the state capital, promised his Fulani masters in Abuja to stop IPOB activities in the state by all means, information obtained from a close reliable source has it that the Federal government of Nigeria pressured him to use all that is within his disposal to thwart IPOB activities in the state and all the South-East states or face severe sanctions from the Federal Government which will include suspension of the state or regional allowances from the Federation account.

Since then the governor deployed the Nigeria Security operatives to nooks and crannies of the state hunting for IPOB family members to abduct and the meeting places of IPOB across the state to destabilize.

Pinnacle Of Grace Assembly Church Ebonyi state located in Iyimagu community is one among the places where IPOB family gathered for their programs and events, for that purpose the state government deployed the Nigeria Security operatives combined of the Nigeria Police, Nigeria Army, DSS, Civil Defense Corps to go after the church founder Bishop Nwachinemere Stanley Iwuala and his family and ordered the host community to shutdown the church and forcefully drive them out of the community, despite committing no crime but to stand for justice and the freedom of the oppressed Biafra people.

Bishop Stanley Nwachinemere Iwuala and his family has since been displaced from their legally paid domain as the state government continued to hunt for IPOB family members across the state to harm in one way or the other, for standing against oligarchy and said NO to the Fulani herdsmen terrorist evil plot against the people of Biafra.

The Ebonyi state IPOB coordinator Mazi Igwe Ogbonnaya called on the international communities, human rights organizations and lovers of freedom all over the world to rise up and do the needful before things gets out of hand in the state, which will be uneasy according to him.

He also called on the faithful and hardcore family of IPOB in Ebonyi state and beyond to remain resolute and focused, speaking to the media on the recent developments in the state and Biafra land entirely he said,

"I want the family of IPOB in the state and beyond to know that this is a critical moment for us as a people, but we're winning the battle despite all odds, we are calling the attention of the IPOB leadership led by our supreme leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and the attention of the world to the plights of the people living in Ebonyi state and family members of IPOB in particular. Let them note the injustice meted on us by the state government, just because the people came out to exercise their fundamental human rights as enshrined in the Nigeria constitution and United Nations charter on the rights of the Indigenous People. By the time we start to defend our right which the law permits, should nothing is being done to bring this debacle to a stop, it will not be pleasant and easy. We will definitely make the state ungovernable for anybody who are making IPOB uncomfortable if the gross human rights violations and molestation fails to stop, this is Ebonyi state and we own the land; we're not afraid of anybody, we are using this opportunity once again to call on the world to call the government to order before we run out of patience and do something. “

Ebonyi Media