Economic and social activities were this Thursday shutdown in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital, following residents’ total compliance to the purported emergency sit-at-home ordered by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
According to a viral audio jingle message credited to IPOB, residents of the southeast were warned to observe the civil action in protest to President Muhammadu Buhari’s Thursday visit to Imo State, southeastern Nigeria where he is billed to commission some projects executed by the State government.
Roads and streets in Abakaliki city look like a ghost town, as most shops, banks, and filling stations remained closed.
The major market in Abakaliki known as the Saint Margret Umahi International market, rice mill, and other markets which used to be beehives of selling and buying activities are all scanty while a combined team of security agencies were seen patrolling the streets of the State capital.
Lamenting the effect of the situation, Onunu Idenyi, a rice miller, said poor patronage have forced them to close their business for the day.
Abia residents Also observing the emergency IPOB sit-at-home action
Many residents in Abia State, South-East Nigeria are still observing the sit-at-home civil action declared by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, to demand the release of their leader, Nnamdi Kalu, several weeks after the group called off the exercise.
It could be recalled that the regional separatist agitation group had in a statement a fortnight ago, announced the suspension of the order and reserved it only on the day their leader, Nnamdi Kanu will appear in court.
The ever-busy Bank Road in Umuahia, the Abia State capital has remained a ghost of itself, as bank operations are closed, while some shops are also shut.
Though there are few private and public vehicles on the roads, the residents are still apprehensive.
Aba, the commercial nerve centre of the state, has remained empty, with only a few shops open, while the gates of all the Banks in the area are reported closed.
Such sit-at-home civil action has been the order of the day in the South East region of Nigeria since the month of August 2021, raising deep concerns amongst elites on its negative effect on the economy of the zone which is mainly of trade and commerce.