By Steve Oko
Streets in Umuahia the Abia State capital are nearly empty and abandoned as residents stay indoors in whole compliance with the sit-at-home order given by the management of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra IPOB to mark this 12 months’s Biafra Day.
Unlike earlier years when the train recorded partial compliance within the Umuahia the place the IPOB chief, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu hails from, the capital metropolis was utterly shut down.
As at 9: 00 am when our Correspondent courageously moved round some streets to watch the scenario and stage of compliance, the streets have been nonetheless empty.
All retailers on the street with none exception have been below lock and key.
When our Correspondent visited the aid market beside Amuzukwu Primary School, no dealer nor purchaser was sighted because the market was utterly abandoned.
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It was an identical scenario on the over-projected close by Orieugba market which was a ghost of itself.
Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu had Sunday night time stated Abia merchants wouldn’t be compelled to open their retailers in the present day in the event that they selected not to take action.
Kanu had in his early morning stay broadcast on Facebook and different social media platforms expressed rage over the non-compliance perspective of Umuahia, Enugu and Abakaliki to comparable orders previously.
He warned them to make sure whole compliance to the sit-at-home order this 12 months.
There was additionally no vehicular motion besides just a few tricycles that sometimes move by.
An ambulance was additionally sighted round Enugu Road by ShopRite procuring plaza transferring on the highway.
Similarly, a nurse in her automotive apparently on obligation was sighted driving previous Niger Road.
Residents have been sighted in clusters in entrance of their properties particularly in balconies discussing in hushed tones.
It was additionally noticed that in contrast to the earlier years there was no convoy of safety patrol vans across the metropolis in any ‘show of force’ as generally recognized in safety quarters.
The traditional calm within the state capital may additionally not be unconnected with the Saturday burning of the State Criminal Investigation Department, CID station alongside Uzuakoli Road by but to be recognized, armed males.
Following the assault, Umuahia has been enveloped by concern and residents have determined to play with warning.
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