The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB), has declared today, Tuesday, as another ‘sit-at-home’ day to commemorate victims of the invasion of the compound of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, in Abia State.
The group, in a statement, signed by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, advised people of the zone to stay indoors as a mark of honour to the fallen heroes and heroines allegedly killed during the raid.
Meanwhile, the residents of Imo State yesterday shifted ground, by carrying out their usual daily business activities without fear of molestations and harassment.
This is the first time since the weekly compliance of the IPOB’s ‘sit-at-home’ order in the South-East that residents of the State are making such a bold step.
While vehicles flooded the roads, businesses, fast-food centres, artisans, street/roadside traders, supermarkets and mobile food vendors operated freely.
Although businesses at the major markets were not at their peak, a reasonable percentage of buying and selling only took place, as Okada riders ferried passengers to their various destinations unhindered.
In Owerri, the State capital, Wetheral, Douglas, Tetlow, Onitsha, Port Harcourt, Okigwe, Mbaise, Aba and Orlu Roads were saturated with vehicles, even as intra-city bus services by the “BusImo Drivers” were available for commuters.
However, some fear-stricken-sensitive institutions such as banks, public and private schools, apprehensive of a possible invasion by hoodlums and miscreants, still remained adamant and refused to throw their doors open for customers, students and pupils.