Economic and social activities across Southeast region have been put on hold in compliance with sit-at-home order issued by Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in commemoration of Biafra Day across states under the region.
Commercial banks, financial institutions, schools, markets among other businesses were shut down as workers, including, students, market men, and women deserted their workplaces.
In Enugu State, all activities were paralyzed as the state observed the order with students and traders staying back at home in compliance with agitators’ directive. Major markets, banks, parks, and schools in Enugu metropolis were deserted and abandoned.
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The deserted market includes Ogbete main market, New market, Kenyeta market, Gariki, Aria market, Artisan market, and Akwata market. Schools, Parks like Onitsha South mass transit, GOU, Young, Ifesinachi, Royal mass transit, Banks, and shopping malls like Shoprite were under lock and key.
Also, people were not seen moving in pairs as Okpara Avenue, Abakaliki Road, New Layout, Ogbete market, Agbani, Abakpa, and other major towns and areas in the state were empty. In the same vein, academic activities at public and private schools in the metropolis were affected as no student was seen in ESUT School of Medicine, Parkland, Enugu and Enugu State College of Education, Technical (ESCET), among others.
However, armed security men were seen stationed at strategic junctions while soldiers and Mobile policemen were on patrol vehicles moving around the metropolis.
Also in Imo State, commercial activities have been suspended on Monday in Owerri as residents deserted the state’s capital in compliance with the sit-at-home order.
Commercial banks, schools, shops, malls across Owerri, Imo State capital were shuts in fear of attacks from IPOB members. Also, commercial and private vehicles deserted the roads in the state capital.
Meanwhile, the Ebonyi State Police Command on Monday confirmed the death of a suspected hoodlum in Abakaliki. Police spokesperson, DSP Loveth Odah, told the newsmen that the hoodlum was killed in a gun battle with the police.
She explained that hoodlums were intimidating and forcing people to comply with the “sit-at-home’’ directive of IPOB and had to be stopped.
She said members of the proscribed IPOB were intercepting motorcycles, molesting, threatening, and shooting sporadically into the air to scare people from engaging in their normal activities. DSP Odah added that the police had secured the area and embarked on a “show of force’’ to maintain law and order in the state.
“One of the hoodlums lost his life when they opened fire on our men. People were going about their legitimate businesses and activities in the area but the hoodlums were distracting and forcing them to obey the IPOB’s `sit-at-home directive. They blocked some axis in the metropolis, collecting motorcycles and burning them,’’ Odah said.