04/12/2021

IPOB sit-at-dwelling: Company functions grounded, streets deserted in Imo

The sit-at-dwelling order by the Indigenous Men and women of Biafra to residents of the Southeast on Monday grounded functions in practically all elements of Imo State with Owerri, the state cash, staying the worst hit.

IPOB experienced final 7 days issued the get in protest around the continued detention of its chief, Nnamdi Kanu, by the Division of Point out Companies.

However,  the condition law enforcement command, in a statement, experienced advised users of the public to ignore the get and to go about their typical genuine enterprises with an assurance that ample measures had been set in put to shield life and qualities.

Curiously, as early as 6.30 am, the common daily boisterous functions in the city disappeared as markets, outlets, financial institutions, rapidly meals centres, preferred eatery joints/rest, cellular foodstuff sellers and artisans experienced taken flight from the metropolis.

Even though the Owerri/Orlu road, Wetheral, Tetlow, Okigwe, Port-Harcourt and Onitsha roads were deserted, the remnant parts of the well known Owerri most important current market also known as Eke Ukwu Owerre, aid market, New sector and Environment Financial institution marketplaces wore the ugly toga of a conquered enclave.

The image was the very same at the historic Afor Umuaka and Nkwo-Orodo markets in the Njaba and Mbaitoli council regions respectively.

The non-availability of industrial motor vehicles on the roadways for Umuahia, Enugu, Port–Harcourt and Onitsha bound travellers opened the gate for some drivers to make swift dollars by secretly loading and ferrying determined travellers as a result of the bush paths just before linking with the major streets major to their places.

Our correspondent, who monitored the problem, recognized the existence of armed soldiers who patrolled the key roadways intermittently seemingly to nip in the bud probable outbreak of law and buy just as some citizens had been found in groups speaking about the predicament and others basically stayed indoors.

Some streets in the city had been converted into football fields by idle youths, who performed balls on them as there were no cars to disturb them.

A trader, Mr. Jude Isiguzo, explained to our correspondent, “My brother, I do not want to acquire any danger mainly because these IPOB boys are unsafe and they can strike at any issue in time, as a result I have closed my store.”