Despite several threats by the Independent People of Biafra, IPOB to shut down South-East and South-South today following its sit-at-home order, there was zero compliance in Ebonyi state capital as economic activities, vehicular movement and individuals were hitche-free.
When Leadership visited some of the commercial centers and markerts in Abakaliki and it’s environs, it was also observed that business activities went on smoothly without any intimidation or harrasment from the Pro-Biafra group.
At the mechanic village, the building material market, kpirikpiri market, Abakaliki Timber market and that of Ekeaba market, all the shops were seen open and carrying on with their commercial activities except a few that did not open because of one problem or another.
At the Ebonyi State University and that of Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo academic activities went on smoothly while Banking and transportation operations along Afikpo and Ogoja road were all in it’s full scale operations in the state.
Meanwhile, over 2000 members of the Akubaraoha Youth Assembly led by the Former Special Adviser on Youth Mobilization to Governor David Umahi, Comrade Mark Onu as early as 8am converged at the Ebonyi Hotel premises from where they marched round the Abakaliki capital city to ensure total clampdown on the Biafra agitators.
According to the Youth Leader, the move was to ensure that no IPOB member uses the period to intimidate or harass residents of the state from going about their normal business adding that they also used the oppotunity advised traders not to close their shops as the sit-at-home order is not in the interest of Igbos.
Though the movement created traffic logjams along the ever-busy Afikpo road, Ogoja road and that of Nkaliki road, the directive of the outlawed secessionists was not noticed in the state.
Already, as earlier as 6a.m, men of the state police command were seen at strategic places to povide total security for the citizenry.
Meanwhile, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Loveth Odaa noted that men of the command carried out operation show of force within the state capital and it’s environs.
She also added that the order was a total failure in the state, as no member of the Biafra was seen anywhere during their show of force.
The police spokesman however urged members of the public to report any member of the outlawed group identified anywhere carrying the activities of Biafra in the state so that the culprit will be arrested and prosecuted.
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