Yesterday, Monday, August 23, and for the second consecutive time, markets, banks, business places and some major streets in Onitsha, Anambra State still observed the suspended Monday Sit-at-home order that was earlier declared by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, leadership over the detention of its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Some major markets in Onitsha including the popular Onitsha Main Market and the major roads leading to the market such as Venn Roads, New Market Road, and Old Market Road were all deserted on Monday, August 23, while some youths were seen playing football on some of these roads.
Similarly banks, business offices, filling stations and motor parks in the town were shut down. However, commercial vehicles, tricycles were seen operating but they had few passengers.
At Santiz Street, off Venn Road, suspected hoodlums attacked some shop owners, who opened their shops for business.
At Bridge Head and Upper Iweka, Onitsha respectively, most of the motor parks were closed, while few vehicles were seen going in or out of Onitsha to Asaba, Delta State.
It was also alleged that some persons suspected to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, stopped tricycles from operating along the Post Office, Old Market Road, Onitsha, but residents of the area condemned their actions, noting that the sit-at-home order should be voluntary and not by force.
It was reliably gathered that the fear of hoodlums intimidating, robbing or attacking the people of the area or the shop owners made many of the traders in Onitsha not to open their shops.
Ndubuisi Moghalu, a petty trader at Upper Iweka, said they are aware that the sit-at-home order has been suspended, but he and other traders in the location are afraid that hoodlums might attack them, if they open their shops on Mondays.
He, therefore, called on government to provide security for traders at all the markets as well as in motor parks and business places so they can go about their legitimate businesses without fear of molestation or intimidation.