IPOB sit-at-home records total compliance in Anambra

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Thursday held peacefully rally from Bridge Head Onitsha to Upper-Iweka, along the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway as sit-at-home order recorded total compliance in Anambra state. 

IPOB, a proscribed group led by the incarcerated Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, had in a letter by its spokesman, Mr Emma Powerful, announced May 30th as a Biafran Day in order to honour the people of defunct Eastern Nigeria killed during the Biafra-Nigeria war.

Blueprint monitored the exercise and reports that IPOB members clad in their uniform and flags also matched round some streets of Onitsha singing heroic songs as shops and markets were under lock and key amidst empty streets due to absence of people and vehicular movements.

At Awka, the Anambra state capital, traders who shut down their businesses were spotted playing football at the popular Eke Awka market, Aroma junction and Unizik temporary site, despite the presence of policemen without riffles at some strategic locations.

Also, students sitting for the ongoing West African School Examination Council (WASEC) disguised in mufti, bearing polythene bags containing their uniforms and written materials while heading to schools for examination.

It was also learnt that vehicular movements were scarce as commercial transporters and people boycotted the streets of Ekwulọbịa and Nnewi as a result of the sit-at-home order. 

Speaking to Blueprint, a businessman, Mr Ikenna Oguli and civil servant, Miss Theresa Nwonu, argued that the total compliance to the sit-at-home order were mostly because of fear of unknown due to insecurity and partly for relaxation