Companies and different financial actions had been yesterday paralyzed in Ebonyi State following the sit-at-home order by the management of the Indigenous Folks of Biafra, IPOB, to honour heroes who died in the course of the civil battle in Nigeria.
DAILY POST gathered that the sit-at-home order recorded ninety-five p.c compliance (95%) as main markets within the state, particularly the worldwide market and different road markets, banks, transport depots had been utterly shut down.
Our correspondent who visited the worldwide market and different main streets in Abakaliki metropolis, gathered that retailers on the markets had been underneath lock and key, whereas cops had been seen cordoning off the world to avert any breakdown of legislation and order.
DAILY POST gathered that safety operatives on the early hours of Monday cordoned off Ebonyi State Police Command, Abakaliki correctional centre, (prisons), previous authorities home to avert invasion by gunmen into the aforementioned services.
Safety operatives had been noticed taking pictures sporadically on the police command headquarters to scare some suspected hoodlums from attacking.
The sit-at-home directive was additionally noticed to be very sturdy in some locations, particularly on the Nnodo junction, Ogbaga street.
Bikes and automobiles had been being set ablaze whereas passersby had been being molested by ‘space boys’.
It was noticed on the scene, that some boys who alighted from buses, divided themselves into teams, entered into the bushes alongside Nnodo junction and started harassing harmless street customers.
When contacted, the commissioner of police, Ebonyi State Command, CP Aliyu Garba stated “for those who see them taking pictures within the command, is just to check some arms to ensure that the arms are okay. Some arms get blocked within the course of of constructing use of them. The arms bought blocked and so they (cops) have to return again and take a look at it. We cannot go wherever than to check them (weapons) inside the police headquarters, in any other case, no complain, the state is comparatively calm.
On why there may be compliance by residents on the sit-at-home order, Garba stated “Everyone has his or her proper to maneuver essentially if you wish to stay your own home, you’ll be able to stay and we can not drive you to return out however any one that comes out within the identify of protest or procession and seen making an attempt to cease or infringe on different peoples proper, we cope with them accordingly.
“We can not drive anyone to return out and we can not say you shouldn’t come out however all the state, as you’ll be able to see may be very calm. Individuals are nonetheless shifting and no one is molesting them and that’s what is anticipated” he said.
The chairman of the Peoples Democratic Occasion, PDP, Ebonyi State chapter Elder Fred Udogu who reacted to the sit-at-home order stated: “We have now an umbrella physique which is the Ohanaeze. If the sit-at-home order is coming from Ohanaeze, sure, it’s a welcome growth as a result of we actually cherished our relationships and brothers who had been murdered over the past civil battle. As an illustration, I misplaced a whole lot of my folks in the course of the battle and so, if Ohanaeze stated sure it’s appropriate however on this case it’s, there are discordant tunes.
“For me, due to the safety scenario in Nigeria, particularly within the southeast, it’s higher for everyone to get protected. It’s higher for folks to remain off for twenty-four hours of their companies than to maneuver on the roads and get killed or wounded. It’s higher for folks to remain off for now” he harassed.
On his half, the Commissioner for Data and State Orientation to the Ebonyi State authorities, Mr. Uchenna Orji stated “we have to sensitize our folks on the safety scenario within the nation. Fixing issues doesn’t require going to battle. The historical past of the civil battle must be a lesson to us.
“It’s too unhealthy that individuals who had been alive in the course of the civil battle are encouraging folks to go to battle, to kill our folks and loot each non-public and public properties. They’ll all reply to God Almighty. That is evil towards humanity that they’ve dedicated.
“And so, that is the time to be sober and are available for negotiation and consider find out how to transfer the society ahead. The state authorities led by Chief David Umahi is on prime of the scenario” he famous.
The previous Minister of State for Well being, Fidelis Nwankwo who equally reacted to the IPOB sit-at-home order stated “what’s the essence of the sit-at-home order? In line with them, it’s for the remembrance of those that had been killed in the course of the battle. So, people are at liberty to determine whether or not they are going to wish to commemorate it by staying at residence or go about their regular companies.
“This sit-at-home order was not a collective choice of all the Igbo’s within the South-East zone. And so, people have the appropriate to decide on whether or not to commemorate the remembrance of those that had been killed in the course of the civil battle which affected virtually all of the households in Igbo land or not” he famous.
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