Sit-at-home: Nnewi, Aba residents desert streets
Despite the suspension of the sit-at-home by the Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) on Mondays, residents of Nnewi in Anambra State and Aba in Abia State stayed away from businesses yesterday.
IPOB had warned that anyone seen enforcing sit-at-home in the Southeast would be arrested.
The Onitsha main market gate was thrown open, but there were no traders.
In Awka and Onitsha, markets and banks were shut as usual.
Anambra workers stayed away from their offices for fear of being attacked.
One of the Chief executives of an agency in the state, who pleaded anonymity, told The Nation that he would not risk his life for anything.
Also, a staff of one of the ministries in Awka, said the fear created by IPOB would live in the people for years to come.
Umuahia, the capital of Abia State, witnessed both vehicular and human activities.
They operated without any form of harassment from any person or group of persons.
Some private and public parks that opened for business lamented low patronage.
Banks that opened were yet to hang the Nigerian flag within their facilities.
It was, however, not the same scenario in Aba, the commercial nerve centre of the state as the boisterous town was without the usual heavy vehicular and human activities that greet it every Monday.
Though gates to major markets in the town were open, traders and shoppers stayed away from the markets.
The staff of other public and private institutions including commercial banks were absent from work.
There was a significant number of intra-city commercial tricyclists and bus drivers on the road, they lamented low patronage.
Some residents of Aba said they would resume normal activities once the security situation improves.