There appears to be no end in sight for the Indigenous People of Biafra’s cancelled Monday sit-at-home activity (IPOB).
Yesterday, some members of the organisation swore to continue enforcing it.
Yesterday, the drill grounded many sections of the Southeast, with banks, schools, and marketplaces closed in the states of Anambra, Imo, Enugu, and Abia.
However, like in previous weeks, inhabitants of Ebonyi ignored the activity.
A suspected IPOB member indicated in a text message sent to locals, which our correspondent also received, that the group’s members would continue to watch and enforce the exercise.
This is despite Governor Charles Soludo’s offer of an olive branch and plea for peace to separatist agitators.
“We are watching Soludo’s activity,” the SMS message states. He believes himself to be wise. We’ll see.
“We encourage him to confront his government and leave IPOB alone, since this war is much larger than he realises, and if he does not, he will be held accountable.”
Nnewi, Onitsha, and Ekwulobia residents remained indoors out of fear of being assaulted by gunmen.
Markets, banks, and other businesses in Umuahia, the state capital, and Aba, the commercial centre, were shuttered in Abia State.
Our reporter, who was at a popular mobile phone market on Aba’s St. Michael’s Road and School Road Motor Spare Parts, saw that several store owners lingered.
While some intercity loading bays were available for business, commuters patronised them sparingly.
Roads and streets in Imo State were desolate, as banks, schools, shops, petrol stations, car parks, and other business establishments remained closed.
In Owerri, the state capital, the situation was more concerning, as upscale neighbourhoods such as Aladinma, Ikenegbu, the World Bank, New Owerri, and Prefab became ghost towns.
Those assigned to vital jobs made lengthy treks to their destinations.
Several avenues and streets in Owerri’s city have been converted into football grounds by youths.
Markets, banks, parks, offices, and stores were closed in Enugu State.
However, as the day progressed and more street stores opened, more motorists came out.
However, inhabitants of Abakaliki, the capital of Ebonyi, disregarded the halted injunction.
Our correspondent noted that establishments were open as usual on a weekday.
Banks, gas stations, and schools were established, as were cafés, shops, shopping malls, and other businesses, particularly along Ogoja Road, Water Walks Street, and Afikpo Road.
Intracity transportation was offered by commercial motorcycles and tricycles. Margaret Umahi International Market was bustling with activity. At the Ochudo secretariat, the majority of government offices were open. However, no interstate transportation services existed.
The city was patrolled by security officers. Residents of Ebonyi have long since abandoned the Monday sit-at-home in protest of IPOB’s cancellation.