Some masked gunmen helped to implement the latest sit-at-home order given by the Indigenous Individuals of Biafra (IPOB) to South-East residents, SaharaReporters experiences.
SaharaReporters learnt from sources that some armed males have been going about beating and harassing South-East residents who dared to violate the sit-at-home order with cutlasses and lengthy native weapons.
The sit-at-home order was given to commemorate the Biafran Remembrance Day on Monday.
SaharaReporters additionally obtained a video the place a industrial motorcyclist (popularly known as Okada rider) was waylaid by the gunmen, suspected to be members of IPOB or its militant arm, Japanese Safety Community (ESN) and overwhelmed up earlier than the gunmen additionally jumped on their bikes and ordered him to maneuver.
In a 38-second video, the okada rider fell sufferer of the gunmen in a neighborhood within the South-East area, believed to be in Imo State.
“Cease there. You dey craze. Get down,” one of many males yelled. “Sorry sir, sorry sir,” the motorcyclists have been heard begging within the video.
SaharaReporters had reported on Sunday that the IPOB’s sit-at-home order was flouted in elements of Anambra, Abia, Ebonyi whereas it was efficient in another areas.
There was partial compliance in elements of Enugu, Umuahia, Aba, visited on Saturday and Sunday.
From Idaw River to Uwani in Enugu South Native Authorities Space, to Coal Camp, New Market, to Edinburgh Street, Ogui Street, the place Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium is situated in Enugu North Native Authorities Space, to New Haven, Independence Structure, Garki and different locations, folks have been seen shifting about their regular companies with out concern. Merchants opened retailers in a number of markets.
“Ordinarily, a newcomer in Enugu might imagine that folks not shifting about within the early hours of Saturday indicated compliance, however in truth, residents of the city are merely complying with the month-to-month sanitation programme of the Enugu State Authorities.
“Due to this fact, there’s nothing like sit-at-home order,” mentioned Mr Ikenna Anichukwu, a instructor and resident of Obiagu Street.
Tricycle operators, enterprise house owners, timber market, industrial bus drivers, all of the inter-state motor parks, have been absolutely operational with out obstruction.
However in Owerri, the Imo State capital and surrounding communities, there was full enforcement of the sit-at-home order.
The sit-at-home paralysed financial and social actions as residents remained indoors, fearing potential clashes between IPOB members and the safety businesses.
Other than the presence of the navy and police drive, whereas folks refrained from the favored Ekeukwu Owerri Market and the timber market in Naze.
A industrial motorist, Okechukwu Nnaji, mentioned motorists began experiencing poor patronage from commuters from Might 28.
“As I converse with you, I’ve not made N2,000 for 3 days now, I usually make N8,000 every day,” he had mentioned.
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