Nigeria – The ever busy Aroma, UNIZIK junctions, Eke Awka roundabout, as well as GoodWill junction Okpuno all in Awka South Council Area were deserted today, as residents of the areas obeyed the sit-at-home order by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, which is not officially recognized by the Federal government.
Our Correspondent Ngozi Obileri who monitored the situation reports that shops and markets in the areas were under lock and key as at ten minutes to nine in the morning.
A movement in the area, especially from Nodu, Ezinifite, Umuodu all in Okpuno, and around Ifite Isuanaocha, in Awka North council area showed that business activities were brought to a halt because of the sit at home order, although few people were in clusters analyzing the situation of things at various points at the areas visited.
No security operative was seen except for a patrol vehicle of men of the Nigerian Police force, which drove past the strategic areas.
Some residents, who expressed support for the order while speaking to the ABS, said the sit-at-home order, which was to honour the fallen heroes, also helped them to have some rest, but warned that it should not be an avenue to perpetrate evil.
The story is the same in Onitsha,Nnewi and some other towns.
Ekwi Ajide of our Abuja bureau who took a look at the implications of the sit-at- home order by IPOB for Ndigbo resident outside the South East, reports that the order seems to affect only those living in the South East Region of the country, adding that a walk through the streets and suburbs of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, showed people going about their normal businesses.
A welder at Jikwoyi area, Mr. Ifeanyi Anthony, and a petty trader, Mrs Izukanne said they are in solidarity with the Igbo cause, but had to go to work because they will loose a lot, especially as the previous day was a Sunday.