Igbo Indigenes Flaunt Sit-At-Home Order By IPOB, Continued With Their Usual Daily Activities
Information gathered by NIGERIA NEWS revealed that traders, banks and schools in Port Harcourt flaunt the order of the leadership of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, to observe a sit-at-home strike geared towards raising the consciousness of the group’s continued agitation to gain independence.
Recalled that it was previously reported in the media that the leadership of IPOB, a group which was declared as a terrorist organisation by a Federal High Court in Abuja recently, had last week ordered its member to embark on a sit-at-home strike.
However, the information gathered revealed that banks, schools and private business owners ignored the order as they engaged in their normal day to day activities in Portharcourt.
Some traders and workers commented on the situation.
A trader in one of the markets in the city, Mrs Clara Hygenus has this to say: “We are just afraid of possible attack, we are selling to our customers; we closed simply to avoid problems.’’
Speaking on the situation too is Mrs Anita Abam, a Director in one of the popular private schools in Umuebule community, Etche council area, noted that the order is an unlawful one and as such her institution cannot obey it.
In her words: “Our school is open for normal school activities, what I can say is that we did not record full attendance today.”
“I think some parents decided to keep their kids at home for fear of a possible outbreak of danger.”
A similar situation was also witnessed in Ebonyi state as people were seen to be carrying out their normal daily activities.
Some travellers were interviewed at a commercial park over the order. Mr Obele, one of the travellers who boarded a commercial vehicle in order to embark on a journey said: “We are travelling to Lagos through Okene, Kogi, instead of our normal route because of the Biafra activity.’’
The Ebonyi state governor, David Umahi has also directed his citizens not to pay attention to such unlawful order.