Security Agencies Ask Residents To Ignore IPOB’s Sit-At-Home Order

Security authorities in the south east states have asked residents to ignore the Indigenous People of Biafra’s (IPOB) sit at home order.

The IPOB had earlier instructed residents of south east states to sit-at-home today, September 14.

Police authorities and military officials during a joint security meeting at Owerri, the Imo State capital, on Thursday said IPOB does not have the authority to issue such a directive.

They warned IPOB members not to disrupt the peace currently enjoyed in the states adding that the residents should disregard such directives and go about their lawful businesses.

Brigade General, Hamza Ibrahim Bature, during the joint meeting said, “There are various ways of addressing grievances, where your rights stops is where another person’s rights begins.”

Also at the meeting, Abia State Commissioner of Police, Anthony Ogbizi, said IPOB members have parents who are members of the society. He therefore appealed to parents to call their children to order.

The Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Danmallam Mohammed, in his address said IPOB members calling on people to stay at home should steer clear of Enugu State.

He therefore warned that any attempt by a group of people to truncate the peace in the state will be resisted with ‘maximum force.’

IPOB, MASSOB’s Sit-At-Home Order Grounds Commercial Activities In Imo

In compliance with the sit-at-home directive by the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB and MASSOB to mark the 50th anniversary of Biafra, economic activities in Owerri, the Imo State capital, has been crippled showing total compliance to the directives.

Even though there was the movement of persons and vehicles on major roads, markets – especially the Popular Ekeonuwa Douglas market, shops and business premises remained under lock and key.

While some banks were closed for business, some offered skeletal services to customers.

A visit to the Imo State Secretariat showed that it’s not business as usual.

In the neighboring city of Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, there was partial compliance, as the Abakpa Market, the city’s main market, was opened but most shops remained closed at the time of this report.

Many of the traders were seen gathered in front of their shops discussing the situation.

As they noticed that those who flouted the order and opened their shops were not being molested, some of them summoned the courage to start opening their shops.

However, major private transporters in the city shut down their parks in compliance with the directive by MASSOB and IPOB.

Most banks also shut their doors to customers who thronged to the banks.

But they would later start opening their doors after observing the security measures by the Police who were seen in all parts of the state and on patrol to ensure the security of lives and property.