The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, yesterday celebrated the success recorded in yesterday’s sit-at-home in the south-east and some parts of the south-south.
A statement issued by IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful reads:
“We the family members of IPOB worldwide wish to congratulate all Biafrans and lovers of freedom all over Biafraland and various parts of Southern Nigeria who contributed immensely towards the successful outcome of our heroes remembrance day by sitting at home as directed by the leadership of IPOB. We salute the uncommon courage and resoluteness of all Biafrans that defied the military threats, intimidation from Arewa Consultative Forum and S’East governors to sit-at-home across the length and breadth of Biafraland.”
According to report, about 70 per cent compliance of the sit-at home order at the instance of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, yesterday, many parts of the south east zone were shut down for business and other economic activities apart from Ebonyi and a few other places that recorded skeletal activities.
Shops, markets and banks were shut down in Enugu, Aba, Onitsha and Nnewi while Awka and Ebonyi recorded activities. Similarly, sit-at-home order was ignored in Owerri and Umuahia.
Enugu State witnessed total compliance in observing the day.
The busy Main Market Enugu, nearly all the shops were closed. The few opened shops were seen selling to few customers who came to make purchases.
In Nsukka,business and social engagements were on partially as few people were seen moving about major spots in the area. At Ogige market, few traders were seen opening their shops and business places while many others were under lock and key.
There was total compliance in Onitsha and Nnewi with all the markets and shops in the two cities shut. Commercial banks in the two cities, roads and streets markets all observed the directive as people stayed back in their homes in observance of the directive.
There was huge success of the order in many areas of Rivers State, especially Port-Harcourt where most businesses are owned and operated by Igbos.
Oyibo Local Government area of the state, the border LGA of Abia State, business activities were totally paralysed as the order witnessed total compliance.
Residents of Umuahia, the Abia State capital did not comply with the sit-at-home order of IPOB as commercial and social activities went on unhindered in the city.