by Obinna Ogbonnaya, Abakaliki
The sit-at-home order declared by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) in the South East and South-South zone to commemorate the 50 Years Anniversary of the declaration of the State of Biafra, yesterday recorded partial compliance in Ebonyi State as schools, banks and markets were shut between 7am and 11am.
When LEADERSHIP visited major streets and roads in Abakaliki the state capital, there were
free movement of human and vehicules even as police helicopter, armored personnel carrier, APC, and policemen were seen patrolling round the state with combined team of DSS, Civil Defence and NDLEA.
There was problem in one of the banks that refused to open that is located along the popular Ogoja road, Abakaliki when youths suspected to be working for the state government swooped on it and ordered the workers to open.
The bank could not open till several hours later when a combined team of police and DSS stormed the bank and threatened to seal it. The bank later opened at 11:35am after consulting its headquarters.
However, Mass Transit operators could not operate as they refused to carry passengers outside the capital city making passengers to be stranded.
The Mass Transit companies, including Peace Mass, Onitsha South, Romchi and Enugu North could not open for business when LEADERSHIP visited.
In schools, many students could not attend schools as many schools had low turnout of students, and pupils.
Some residents of the state opened their shops for business while some did not.
Outside the state capital, the story was the same as most people did not allow their children and wards to go to school as most of them expressed fear of molestation and harassment. At Onueke in Ezza South LGA and Afikpo North LGA where the group is strongly rooted, the people complied to the directive despite security presence in the area.
Speaking to journalists in Abakaliki, Senior Special Assistant to Governor Dave Umahi on Internal Security, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala said the state was relatively peaceful and that people went about their lawful businesses.