Residents of Umuahia, the Abia State capital, on Monday, complied totally with the sit-at-home order by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Recall that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), led by the Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, had ordered a sit-at-home on May 31st across states in the South-East in honour of the over 5 million Biafrans massacred during the 1967- 1970 civil war.
A statement by IPOB spokesman, Emma Powerful quoted the leader of the group, Nnamdi Kanu as saying, “we announce again, that this year’s annual Biafra Remembrance Day and candlelight procession will take place on Sunday night 30th of May, while at sit at home and total lockdown takes place on Monday, 31st May, 2021, and not May 30th as earlier announced.
“Every person in Biafra land is advised to observe a sit-at-home order on Monday, 31st May 2021. That day is a sacred day in Biafra land in honour of the over 5 million Biafrans massacred by the wicked Nigeria forces during the civil war”.
However, following the sit-at-home order by the IPOB, there was total compliance as major busy markets, banks, motor parks and other commercial places, including schools and government offices were under lock and key.
The major streets and markets around the Umuahia city deserted were the busy Aba road, Ikot Ekpene road, Azikwe road, Umuwaya road, Uzuakoli road, Lagos road, Orie Ugba market, Ubani market, old Isigate market beginning from the early hours of Monday till this moment.
Contrary to information by the leader of IPOB, that the militia arm of his Eastern Security Network (ESN) would be unleashed on the streets to enforce compliance to the order, some motorists attending to emergencies were seen driving along the road without molestation.