Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano, and his Ebonyi counterpart David Umahi called on residents to ignore the sit-at-home order issued by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and go about their legitimate businesses today.
An lPOB member, Nnamdi Kanu, had announced a sit-at-home on Monday in order to press for his release. In a statement by his media aide, Francis Nwaze, Umahi said it was inconsequential to pull the state backwards temporarily by interrupting its economic activities under the guise of a sit-at-home order.
Both on the date and afterwards, he urged the people to go about their lawful businesses without fear of intimidation or molestation.
Moreover, he urged the youth not to engage in any activities that might undermine law and order.
In addition, he urged all security agencies in the state to maintain law and order and ensure that law-abiding citizens go about their duties unmolested.
Willie Obiano, the governor of Anambra State, also directed all state civil servants today to report to work, and warned that anyone who abstains from duty will be sanctioned, including having their salaries cut.
Additionally, he directed commissioners and permanent secretaries in the state to monitor the situation and report accordingly.
Police in Imo state have said they would not hesitate to deal ruthlessly with anyone who disrupts law and order.
Police Commissioner Abutu Yaro urged all residents of the state to go about their duties without hindrance.
A spokesperson for the command’s chief of police, CSP Mike Abattam, advised residents to resist in full any person who attempts to enforce an illegal order not emanating from a legitimate authority.
Security agencies would also retaliate heavily against such people, he warned.