Residents of Umuahia, the Abia State capital and their counterparts in Aba, the commercial nerve of the state on Monday defiled the assurances from the State Government and the leadership of the State Police Command to stay at home in solidarity with the leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who had ordered the commencement of an indefinite weekly sit-at-home, starting from today, Monday, July 9th, 2021.
Recall that both the Abia State government and the Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Janet Agbede had asked people to go about their lawful duties as both the state government and Police authority in the state with the collaboration of other sister security agencies would ensure that their lives and businesses were protected as they go about carrying out their lawful duties and businesses.
But residents of the two major cities and other neighbouring towns on Monday, stayed out of work and business areas.
Infonet9ja.com during a tour round the Aba business community discovered that business owners in adherence to the sit-at-home order of the leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), stayed away from their shops and business areas.
Also absent from work and office environs were staffers of both federal, state ministries, just as the gates of various local government areas including both public and private schools in and around Aba were under lock and key.
Staffers of Commercial Banks and other financial institutions were absent from work, leaving their customers to use their Automated Teller Machines to perform necessary financial transactions.
Another group that adhered the IPOB sit-at-home order was officials and staffers of transport companies operating in the business town.
Though it was a different story in Umuahia, the state capital, as people reportedly went about their businesses, reports have it that major markets in Aba; Ariaria International Market, Shopping center, Cemetery/Eziukwu, Ahia Ohuru and among others such as School Road Spare Parts, St. Michael’s road mobile phone phone cluster, were devoid of its usual hustling and bustling.
Milverton housing several commercial bus terminals, ever busy Aba-Owerri Expressway, Ngwa road, Faulks road, Park road were devoid of their usual high concentration of traffic.
However, some commercial tricycle operators who don’t share the sentiment of IPOB including Mr. Chibuike Chiagozie told our correspondent that they were on the road to see how they can get money to feed their family.
According to Chiagozie, joining IPOB to sit-at-home is a sign of laziness and joining Nnamdi Kanu to fight his personal war.
Chiagozie who stated that there is urgent need for the restructuring of the political system of Nigeria, said staying away from work is counterproductive.
Sources around Faulks road and Umule road had blocked the road and set burn fire the roads, forcing road users in the early hours of Monday to use other alternative routes out of Aba.
A staff of a commercial bank in the state said that though they had preempted what played out Monday, they however, made plans to ease stress of their customers who may wish to use their ATM with few persons making some withdrawals.
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No police van or team was sighted. anywhere in the town until the time of this report.