Economic and commercial activities came to a standstill on Monday as the five states of the South-East zone of the country obey the sit-at-home order issued by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
IPOB, through its spokesperson, Emma Powerful said human and vehicular movement would be restricted across the South-East on Monday to mark the 54th anniversary of Biafra, a reference to May 30, 1967, the day the General Yakubu Gowon-led Federal Government declared a full-blown war with the then Eastern Regional Government headed by the late Odumegwu Ojukwu, for declaring the section of the country an independent nation to be known as the Republic of Biafra.
In compliance with IPOB’s order, streets in Owerri, Imo State capital were empty. Businesses, schools, and other major economic hubs were shut. Vehicular movements were also grounded.
In Abia State, streets were deserted and shops are under lock and key, while in Anambra State, the situation is the same.
The situation is not too different in Ebonyi State as few vehicles were seen on the highway. The state governor David Umahi had earlier threatened to seize any shop not opened today, in deference to the IPOB order, and also ordered security agents to shoot at sight anyone trying to attack security personnel.
Many businesses in Delta state capital, Asaba were also shut as residents comply with the sit-at-home order. Banks and major shopping malls were closed.
The expressway leading to the Onitsha head bridge was completely deserted while businesses along the expressway were also shut.