THE sit-at-home order by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to protest the detention of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, by the Federal Government recorded total compliance across the South-East on Monday.
It will be recalled that IPOB, through its Director of Media and Publicity, Emma Powerful, had said that human and vehicular movements would be restricted across the “Biafra land” every Monday, until their leader is released unconditionally from detention.
In Enugu State, commercial activities were grounded in the state capital as residents deserted its streets and roads in compliance with the sit-at-home order.
It was reported that commercial banks, schools, shops and malls were all shut down. There was no vehicular movement in the state metropolis.
All business activities were shut down, all markets were under lock and key, public and private secondary and primary schools were shut down, government offices and banks were also not opened for business, petrol and gas filling stations were closed down as streets were totally deserted.
In Anambra State, there was total compliance in Nnewi and Onitsha areas of the state as banks, shops and markets were under lock.
Two persons were allegedly killed while three buses were also set aablaze by suspected IPOB members, allegedly enforcing the sit-at-home order.
“They were singing and shouting: ‘Today is Sit-at-home. Anything sighted, even if it’s a fly must be destroyed. There were gunshots around Izuchukwu Park Junction around 6 am.
“We couldn’t believe our eyes when we came out to see two lifeless bodies of young men. Yet, nobody could explain who was responsible”, a resident said.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Ikenga Tochukwu, confirmed the incident.
He said, “I can confirm to you that there was an incident in Nnewi roundabout, police operatives are currently there but details are still sketchy. Further information will be communicated please.”
The sit-at-home order recorded a total compliance in Abia State. In Umuahia, the state capital, the order recorded a high level of compliance as many shop owners did not open for business.
Also, commercial banks, private schools and other corporate service providers did not open shops.
Markets and motor parks were also deserted. According to one trader, closing shop for a day to fight injustice in Nigeria would not make him poor.
“Markets were closed for many months last year because of COVID-19 and we survived it, so I don’t see how closing my shop for one day will kill me. All we are saying is that the Federal Government should release Nnamdi Kanu because he didn’t commit any crime by asking for the freedom of Biafrans”, he said
In Ebonyi State, there were reports of sporadic shooting on Monday morning at Ugwuachara Community of Ebonyi Local Government Area, causing panic and chaos in the area.
One of the victims of the shootout is a member of Dominion City Church, Ebonyi State. The victim (names withheld) was reportedly shot in the eyes, following an unconfirmed report of a gun battle between security forces and some criminals.
A leader of the church who does not want his name in print said: “I just got a call from a member of the church that his wife has been shot in the eyes. Am sending a doctor to look at the situation of the wife. It is related to the Ugwuachara shooting”.
It was gathered that commercial banks located on the axis of Ogoja Road and Afikpo Road did not open but their Automated Teller Machines, ATM were dispensing cash to customers.
Some shops opened for businesses in the capital city with both human and vehicular movements, although not as it used to be before the sit-at-home was declared by IPOB.
Many filling stations in the capital city didn’t open for businesses while very few others opened.
Civil servants, however, defied the sit-at-home order as offices at Ochudo City Secretariat and Old Government House, Abakaliki, were busy.
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