The sit-at-home order by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB on Friday recorded a total compliance in areas like Nkpor, Onitsha and Umunze in Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State.
Though there was partial compliance in Awka, the capital city as people went about their normal business, some schools had to send the pupils that made it to school back home.
At Ikwodiaku primary school at Obinagu Awka, only few pupils were seen in school while majority stayed at home.
According to a primary two teacher who doesnt want her name on print, she said they were not in school to teach but to register their presence before going back home.
At Nkpor and the commercial city of Onitsha, markets and schools were shut and some teachers to school had to hurriedly return home as thete were no pupils or students in school.
Only roadside and street traders selling food items were open as children turned the deserted open spaces to emergency football fields.
The popular Upper Iweka and Lagos Park were a ghost of itself even as banks remained shut from business.
People that got out took to trekking mode as commercial buses refused to ply the roads.
However, security agents in truck loads were seen patrolling major roads while unconfirmed reports indicated that some sympathizers of the pro Biafra group who wanted to lit bonfires and block the road earlier in the morning were dispersed by security agents.
Also at Umunze, Orumba North Local government Area, the ever busy Nkwo market was deserted with no traders in sight even as roads and motor parks were without the regular hustle and bustle.
In a statement by IPOB, the group expressed joy at the success of the sit-at-home order saying that collective defiance of the oppressor and their local agents have truly marked IPOB as the authentic mouthpiece of the people.
The statement said, “We commend the people of Ebonyi, Abia, Anambra, Rivers, Delta, Imo, Enugu, Akwa Ibom, Cross Sit-at-hRivers States and Biafrans in Benue, Edo and Kogi States for their respect and honour of our fallen martyrs at Afaraukwu and mothers who were humiliated in Owerri recently. We are particularly elated that Yenegoa and parts of Bayelsa demonstrated their Biafra credentials by equally preserving the sit-at-home order.
“The predictable biased report from Enugu, accompanied by unrelated photos as a result of heavily induced payment from the state government and other actors, did not conceal the fact that over 70 per cent compliance was recorded in Enugu metropolis and Abakaliki respectively.
“Videos and live footage of the state of our towns and villages abound. No amount of distortion, arm twisting or media manipulation will excuse the fact that overwhelming majority of Biafrans obeyed IPOB order to sit-at-home. We have left the saboteurs in shame- hopelessly clinging on to the crumbs of comfort that total lock-down was not recorded at the vicinity of Enugu Government House.”
IPOB said that the success of the sit-at-home has proven to the entire world that Biafrans and in charge of the whole Eastern Region.
The statement which was made available to journalists by IPOB’s media and publicity secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful further said, “Today’s sit at home order issued by IPOB and observed by Biafrans is purely indicative to all and sundry that Biafra has come to stay and we salute their courage.
“We must not fail to thank those brave men and women of the press that boldly reported the truth. The efforts of saboteurs to use journalists to subvert the truth have failed. For how long will South East governors continue relying on the power of money to distort facts which are already public knowledge. Only those in far flung places may be deceived but those in other parts of Enugu State like Nsukka and Obolo-afor will testify that markets were shut down, roads deserted.
“IPOB will over the coming days continue the release of time stamped video clips and photographs to drive home the truth that compliance across the board in Biafraland to be above 90%.”