Awka, Onitsha, Nnewi, Ekwulobia, and other major and minor cities in Anambra State were completely shut down on Monday following the Indigenous People of Biafra’s instruction (IPOB).
The IPOB had called for a weekly Monday lockdown in the southeast, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the IPOB leader, was released from the Department of State Service (DSS) detention.
Yesterday, there was some uncertainty on whether the drill would go through or not. This was due to a counter-instruction from Kanu’s brother, who stated that the exercise had been canceled to allow students to sit for the NECO exams.
Emma Powerful, the group’s spokesperson, instantly rejected the claim, insisting that the order must stand.
In Anambra, banks, schools, markets, shops, cafes, and other businesses were closed, observing Monday’s sit-at-home.
Even though markets were open, traders declined to continue operations, according to a Daily Post correspondent who walked about to observe compliance.
The Anambra State Government had warned workers who planned not return to work on Monday that it would hold back their salaries.
Most personnel arrived to work because of the directive, but they left practically quickly after signing the attendance register at the state secretariat facility.
Motor parks were likewise abandoned as motorists and passengers alike avoided the area, leaving roadways empty.
According to a source in Nnewi, two people were killed very early in the morning at Izuchukwu junction for daring to come out. Their identities, as well as the identities of their assailants, were not revealed.
Police patrol vans were stationed on every main street, seated in their vehicles, providing security for the few residents who dared to leave their homes.
The market leader of Eke Awka market claimed that “the market’s leadership did its best to open the market, but traders refused to show up.”
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“You can see that some of the traders opened, but there are no customers. I think it is rather out of fear that people did not come to the market, and not because they want to comply with IPOB directive.”
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