Sit-At-Home Order Persists In Abia Despite Suspension By IPOB

Despite the suspension of the sit-at-home order earlier issued by the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) to Ndigbo in the Southeast to sit at home every Monday until their leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is released, many people in Abia State still stayed indoors.

In Aba and Umuahia, the situation persisted, as many streets were empty even as shops and banks had their door shut. Reports coming from Aba said despite the opening of some markets, traders were not seen in their shops.

The same incident played out in Umuahia as many traders and businessmen and women remained in their houses. Few tricycles known as Keke plied the road even as few vehicles could be seen moving on the streets of Umuahia and Aba.

The situation could be attributed to fears of attack by hoodlums posing as IPOB members while it is also gathered that some people stayed out their work or their trading posts in sympathy with IPOB’s demands.

The Indigenous Peoples of Biafra are demanding the unconditional release of its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. A human rights activist, Dr Charles Chinekezie asked the Muhammadu Buhari led the government to free Kanu without delay and call for a national dialogue.

According to him, the President cannot look the other way and play the tough guy while the country is heading to the precipice, adding that Buhari should exploit every peaceful means to restore the nation to normalcy.