Some South-Eastern States Comply With IPOB Sit-At-Home Order
Secessionist group, Independent People of Biafra (IPOB), through its Director of Media and Publicity, Emma Powerful, had said human and vehicular movement would be restricted across the Biafran land every Monday, starting from today, 9th of August, 2021 until Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is released unconditionally from detention.
In line with this directive, commercial activities came to a standstill on Monday August 9, in places such as Awka, Onitsha, Ekwulobia, Nnewi in Anambra state and also some parts in Enugu state as residents deserted its streets and roads.
All business activities were shot down, all markets were under lock and key, public and private secondary and primary schools, government offices and banks were also not opened for businesses, petrol and gas filling stations, motor parks, were closed down as streets totally deserted.
The Anambra State Government had earlier threatened to withhold August salaries of workers who failed to resume for duties on Monday but at the state secretariat complex, it was observed that most workers came to work because of the order but they left almost immediately after signing the attendance register.
In Nnewi, it was reported by DAILY POST that two persons were killed very early in the morning at Izuchukwu junction for daring to come out. Their identities and that of their attackers were however not revealed.
A market leader at Eke Awka market, a popular market within the metropolis of Awka, Anambra state capital who pleaded anonymity said: “The leadership of the market did its best by opening the market, but traders refused to come.
“You can see that some of the traders opened, but there are no customers. I think it is rather out of fear that people did not come to the market, and not because they want to comply with IPOB directive.”