Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The marching order given by the Indigenous People Of Biafia (IPOB) to Nigerians to compulsorily sit at home on 30th May, 2018, failed weofully in Anambra state as citizens went about their normal business in Onitsha, Awka and other parts of the state.
The Anambra State Government had issued a counter order mandating workers of the state civil service to report for duty on Wednesday 30th May, 2018 after the one day public holiday for Democracy Day Celebration on 29th May, 2018.
The state government through the commissioner for information and public enlightenment Mr.C.Don Adinuba had warned workers and the entire citizenry to disregard IPOB’s sit-at-home order as the militia group has no locus standi to hold the entire state hostage.
To this end, economic activitives flourished in Onitsha as traders were spotted attending to buyers in many markets including the popular main market Onitsha.
Though the Upper Iweka axis and head bridge were deserted, business went on uninterrupted in other parts of the commercial city.
In Awka, commercial activities were uninterrupted as people defied the sit-at-home order to attend to their personal needs while traders in Eke-Awka main market were happy as government gave an express order that the market should be open for commercial activities.
Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state SP Haruna Mohammed when contacted gave a situation report that there was absolutely no cause for agitation as the general atmosphere was calm and devoid of IPOB’s presence.
The PPRO said markets were open in Onitsha, Awka and other parts of Anambra state and public institutions too were also open for normal business and there was no molestation whatsoever.