Home News IPOB’s sit-at-home order shuts down Imo, Anambra

IPOB’s sit-at-home order shuts down Imo, Anambra

Economic and social activities have halted in Imo over the sit-at-home order by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) over fear of possible attacks.

NAN correspondent who monitored the development on Saturday in Owerri, reported that residents of the state have deserted markets and streets of the state capital for safety.

The pro Biafra agitators led by Nnamdi Kanu issued a statement that ordered people from the Southeast to sit at home between May 30 and May 31 for the annual Biafra Remembrance Day.

The statement issued by Kanu said the day was set aside in remembrance of over 5 million Biafrans who died during the three-year civil war in Nigeria.

The people also kept away from the Government House axis with businesses around it locked while combined team of security agencies are seen patrolling the streets of the state capital.

Commissioner of Police in the state, Abutu Yaro had earlier issued a statement, assuring residents of adequate security and urged the people to ignore the threat.

But only the presence of the military and police forces were noticed, while people kept away from the popular Ekeukwu Owerri Market and the timber market in Naze.

A commercial motorist, Okechukwu Nnaji, reported that motorists started experiencing poor patronage from commuters from May 28.

“As I speak with you, I have not got N2,000 since three days now, I normally make N8,000 daily.

“I don’t know how to feed my family if things do not improve soon,” he said.

A food vendor, Angela Eze popularly known as (Mama Africa) expressed worry that the situation might affect the economy of the state drastically.

She appealed to government to use diplomacy and find lasting solution to the problem.

Anambra

In Onitsha, Anambra, some travellers enroute Onitsha to Asaba and other parts of the country have expressed dismay over delays caused by security checks at the busy Niger Bridge, Onitsha in Anambra.

Those who spoke to our correspondent said travellers were made to spend hours at the Bridgehead before crossing.

Those who managed or succeeded to cross over to Asaba and vice versa did so trekking or using commercial motorcycles.

A traveller, who pleaded anonymity, said he joined an early morning vehicle heading to Lagos but was delayed by the check point mounted by the Police and Nigeria Army.

“I have spent more than three hours here trying to drive across the bridgehead. They said some gunmen killed five soldiers yesterday at Ihiala. I believe that this is why they are delaying us here,” the source said.

A private vehicle commercial driver, Kelechi Onwudiwe, alluded the intensified security checks to the sit-at-home directive by members of the proscribed IPOB.

“The traffic here in Onitsha is terrible. It is deliberately caused by soldiers who are searching for members of IPOB,” Onwudiwe said.

In his reaction, Police Public Relations Officer, Anambra Police Command, Tochukwu Ikenga, said the security check was a routine exercise.

Ikenga said the check point was part of strategies security agencies used to control and screen people coming and leaving the state.

“The check has been there before now even before the sit-at-home order. The purpose of the check point is to screen road users, detect crime and maintain law and order.

“In as much as we are still analysing the security situation, the check point is like an ordinary day exercise for us,” he said.

The Nigerian Civil War which occurred between July 1967 to January 1970 led to the massive loss of lives on both the side of federal forces and the Biafran army.

RELATED ARTICLES

Globalization strikes back – Richard Haass

The summer of 2021 has come to be largely defined by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and accelerating climate change. Both are manifestations...

Nigeria ranked 2nd poorest in food affordability – Report

A new report by the Institute of Development Studies, a UK-based think tank, has placed Nigeria as the second poorest country in...

BREAKING: 35 Test Positive For COVID-19 At Ogun NYSC Camp

EaglesPath Online reports that no fewer than 35 persons have tested positive for COVID-19 at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) camp...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

BREAKING: Robbers Attack UBA Branch in Osun

Report filtering in today indicates that armed robbers on Thursday afternoon robbed a branch of United Bank of Africa at Boripe...

Alleged gang-rape: Court orders Babcock dropouts who raped friend to open defence

Two Babcock university dropouts, said to have gang-raped a female friend, failed Thursday to have their case struck out by the Ikeja...

Revisiting the online shopping, food ordering culture of the pandemic era

By Victor George The CoV-2 Virus, known as the Delta Variant, is rapidly sweeping across the globe. This new...

Globalization strikes back – Richard Haass

The summer of 2021 has come to be largely defined by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and accelerating climate change. Both are manifestations...

Recent Comments