Abakaliki metropolis, capital of Ebonyi State on Monday recorded eighty (80) percent sit-at-home, as major banks, hospitals and state judiciary premises were deserted by citizens.
Also, very few traders were seen at the International Market, without customers to patronize them, while majority of motor Parks, including Peace mass transit, Enugu mass transit and many others parks were totally shutdown.
A trader, one Mr. Igwe Ugonna, who spoke to journalists narrated that he regretted coming to the market, said he has been at the market since 8am without seeing even a single customer in his shop.
Ugonna, however, urged the leaders of South East to ensure that nothing happens to the leader of IPOB Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in DSS custody to avoid more troubles in the region.
It was gathered that most hospitals including the federal teaching hospital Abakaliki, was allegedly deserted by patients and workers, but a reliable source who spoke to journalists unanimity said ” I went to work but I didn’t see majority of workers, even patients were not seen coming to the hospital” the source said.
Meanwhile, Shops in major streets of Abakaliki especially the popular Oguja road and Afikpo road, eateries, motor parks, and filling stations were all deserted.
However, a visit to the State Ministries at Centenary City, civil servants were seen in their different ministries and the Head of Service team moving round to take attendance of workers present at work.
Some workers, who spoke to journalists said that they came to work in order not to lose their job. They, however, count the pains and stress they passed through to get to their ministry as getting bikes, keke was difficult.
Lockdown persists in Onitsha, Nnewi amid suspension
The Monday weekly sit-at-home directed by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in solidarity with its detained leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, continued in Onitsha and Nnewi despite its suspension by the leadership.
Roads and streets in Onitsha, the commercial city and Nnewi the Industrial town of the state were completely deserted as people either willingly or out of fear stayed indoors.
All markets in the two cities as usual were under lock and key, including the Onitsha Main Market and Nkwo Nnewi while banks located in the areas also shut down for customers.
A group, Balance and Equity Group (BEG) has appealed to IPOB leadership to ensure proper dissemination of suspension of the weekly sit-at-home.
It regretted that it was beyond the powers of South East Governors to reverse or effectively encourage people to go back to business.
The group’s founder and Coordinator Mr. Chris Arinze, spoke on Monday while addressing newsmen on the legality of the agitation of IPOB and implication of every Monday Sit-at-home in South East
He urged IPOB, to use its usual medium of addressing Nigeria and the world to encourage people of South East to go back to their businesses, saying that unless they order people back, they would continue to observe the order at the detriment of South East economy.
He said: “It’s very clear that South East Governors don’t have the capacity to give a contrary order against that of IPOB for the traders and business men in Igbo land to go back to their business on Mondays.
“Every genuine Igbo accepts that Igbos are not well treated, there are injustices against Ndigbo and Mazi Kanu cannot be faulted on that, but IPOB need to do something about this Monday weekly Sit-at-home otherwise people will continue to observe it from now to December or when Mazi Kanu is released and it is not good for our economy.
“It is therefore, left for IPOB to order them back to their businesses through the mass media, as a show of love, respect and loyalty, which they have also shown the pro-Biafra.”