Most streets in Umuahia and Aba in Abia State and Awka and Onitsha in Anambra State were still deserted as at 9 a.m. on Monday, August 16, despite the suspension of Monday’s Sit-at-Home order issued by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
According to our correspondents, residents of the affected areas are still unsure whether the sit-at-home order has actually been lifted and therefore chose to stay indoors rather than risking the wrath of the IPOB faithful.
In Onitsha for instance, the whole streets especially the business areas were scanty, unlike what used to happen on Monday mornings, when there was usually a rush.
Just a few traders were seen at the popular Onitsha Main market as at 8am Monday morning, whereas the market opens at 7 a.m. every day, except on Sundays.
In Awka, the capital city of Anambra State, most of the shops and business offices were equally closed as at 8 a.m. Monday.
In the same vein, most streets, especially the major streets, were also devoid of human traffic.
A phone parts seller at Aroma, popularly known as Oga Boss, said he is not aware that the sit-at-home order has been suspended, noting that information on the suspension was not widely circulated in his location.
Business activities were yet to commence in Aba, Abia State as at 8 a.m Monday morning because most shops were still under lock and key. This development was not different in Umuahia, the capital city of Abia State.
Joseph Onwukwe, who resides at Azikiwe Road, also claimed that he is not aware that the sit-at-home order has been suspended.
It will be recalled that the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, through its Publicity Secretary, Mr Emma Powerful had a couple of days ago suspended the Monday sit-at-home order and said the exercise will henceforth hold only on the days its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu would be appearing in court.