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Anambra cities shut down after IPOB’s sit-at-home order

Many cities in Anambra State, including Awka, Onitsha, Nnewi, Ekwulobia and others were on Monday totally shut down in compliance with the directive of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The separatist group had called for a shutdown of businesses in southeast states every Monday until its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who is in the custody of the Department of State Service (DSS) is released.

There was mild confusion over the implementation of the directive following a counter-directive by Kanu’s brother who said the exercise had been called off to allow students sitting for the NECO examination to do so.

But spokesperson of the group, Emma Powerful, quickly refuted the claim, saying the order was sacrosanct.

Monday’s sit-at-home registered heavy compliance in Anambra, with banks, schools, markets, shops, eateries and other businesses deserted, DailyPost writes.

Police patrol vehicles were on every major street, sitting civilly in their vehicles, providing protection for the few people that left their houses.

A market leader at Eke Awka market, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: “The leadership of the market did its best by opening the market, but traders refused to come.

“You can see that some of the traders opened, but there are no customers. I think it is rather out of fear that people did not come to the market, and not because they want to comply with IPOB directive.”

Kanu’s trial in an Abuja High Court on charges of treasonable felony is set to resume in October.

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