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Sit-at-Home: Lockdown in Onitsha, Nnewi despite Governor Obiano’s threat

In spite of Governor Willie Obiano’s directive to market leaders, banks and other business outfits and stakeholders in Anambra State, to go back to their business or face sanctions, markets, banks, traders and residents of Onitsha and Nnewi still refused to go back to business, thereby, still observing the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB’s suspended Monday weekly sit-at-home.

IPOB had reiterated the suspension of its earlier announced Monday weekly sit-at-home, following intervention by elders and prominent Igbo who expressed concern over its negative effects on Igbo economy.

Surprisingly, however, after the August 9 first Monday weekly sit-at-home, the people of South-East have continued to follow the order, contrary to its suspension by IPOB.

Business activities in Onitsha the commercial city and the industrial town of Nnewi were, as usual, totally locked down; markets, banks, transport companies, and motor parks in the two Anambra business locations failed to open for business.

Road and street shops and other business outfits owners and artisans, as well, stayed away from the day’s businesses as roads in the cities were deserted.

In Onitsha, Vanguard noticed movement of few private vehicle owners, who were on a very high speed, apparently afraid of attack by people IPOB described as hoodlums, who are allegedly enforcing the order it suspended.

IPOB reacts : 

However, IPOB, on Monday, through its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, said: “We have stopped the Monday weekly sit-at-home.

“Anybody trying to enforce it is doing that to his peril.”

Meanwhile, another statement by IPOB on Monday, directed a sit-at-home on Tuesday September 14, in honour of the victims of the military invasion of its leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s Afaraukwu home in Umuahia Abia State.

The incident led to his fleeing the country before he was abducted from Kenya, in an extraordinary rendition to Nigeria, where he is kept in the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS.

IPOB statement read in part: “We the global movement of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, ably led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, wish to remind all Biafrans, friends of Biafra and lovers of Biafra freedom across the globe that the sit-at-home order issued by the IPOB leadership to be observed tomorrow, Tuesday, September 14, is sacrosanct.

“The peaceful protest is for the rememberance of the victims of the genocidal invasion of our leader’s compound at Afaraukwu Ibeku Umuahia Abia State on the 14th of September 2017.

“No fewer than 28 innocent Biafrans were killed that day by the Nigeria Army during the raid.

“We advise all Biafrans both men and women to stay indoors tomorrow as a mark of honour to these fallen heroes and heroines.

“We must not fail to remember the supreme sacrifices of these great freedom seekers. Nothing done to honour them should be considered too much for they have watered the tree of Biafra freedom with their blood.

“Our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has also made a lot of sacrifice for the restoration of Biafra.

“IPOB is well organised and prepared to repel them. They can continue with their false media propaganda to demoralize people from supporting IPOB, but they know that our people now know better.

“The political elite have deceived us enough but the masses have realised that IPOB is there for them.” Vanguardngr


Onitsha, Nnewi residents, traders comply

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) sit-at-home order recorded total compliance by residents and traders in Onitsha, the commercial city and Nnewi the industrial city of Anambra.

Markets, including street shops, monitored by The Nation, in the two cities were under lock and key in obedience to the order.

The popular Upper Iweka area of Onitsha known for its beehive of commercial activities as well as parks was deserted as business activities were grounded.

Some group of people, particularly youths were seen playing football on the streets while others were in clusters discussing.

Filling stations located around the area were not left out as few vehicles were seen driving in to buy fuel.

The ever- busy Niger Bridge was virtually empty with few vehicles particularly tankers probably carrying fuel and kerosene entering and exiting Onitsha at interval.

Security operatives witnessed minimal vehicular movement at their stop and search location while pedestrians trek to their different destination.

Filling stations located on the Onitsha Enugu expressway up to former Ogbunike toll gate were all shut down while those located on the streets if Onitsha and environs were seen open for business.

Those who spoke with the Nation however said the less human and vehicular movement experienced in the cities on Thursday should not be completely attributed to the pro-Biafran group as same was applicable on previous years.

“Since I started living in Onitsha, markets hardly open on October 1. Traders hardly open their shops on such days.

“I think IPOB just played a smart game. They should not take the glory,” one of the residents, who identified himself as Alloy said. Thenationonlineng


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