There was a near-complete lockdown of the entire South-East geo-political zone yesterday, following the sit-at-home order given by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), to honour Biafra fallen Heroes.
Orsu24news observed that across Biafra-land (the South-East and South-South), the sit-at-home order recorded total compliance in major cities and its environs.
The sit-at-home order recorded total compliance in Onitsha and Nnewi in the early hours of yesterday, as business activities were shut.
In Onitsha, all the markets, financial institutions, transport companies, schools and government institutions were closed.
There were also compliance in Oba, Nnewi, Obosi, Nkpor, Ogidi, Ihiala and other surrounding towns and villages.
There was peaceful atmosphere in the state as security agencies, including the Army, Navy, Police Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, were at different junctions to ensure there was no breakdown of law and order.
The usual gridlock in most parts of Onitsha was totally absent and there was no member of IPOB sited in any part of the state.
The popular Onitsha Main Market, Marine Market, Ose Okwodu Market and other street markets, as well as Nkwo Nnewi Market were not opened for business.
Shops, including the popular Sir Emeka Ofor and other plazas known for selling and repairing telephones and its accessories were all closed for business.
In Fegge area of Onitsha, roads were deserted while shops in buildings were all under lock and key.
The popular Bridgehead Market that had over 25 markets under it, including the Onitsha Patent Medicine Market, were all closed.
The Ochanja Central Market and all the markets also in Fegge area of Onitsha were closed for business as youths engaged in all kinds of games including football, draft and other games.
In Nnewi, the compliance level was 100 percent unlike in the past, as all the markets, financial institutions, road-side business activities and shops, including artisans markets, transport companies totally complied with the IPOB directive.
In Aba, Abia State, business activities were, yesterday, grounded.
The gates of major markets in the city such as the Ariaria International, Ekeoha, Cemetery, Alaoji Spare Parts, Ehere, Ngwa Road, were open, but there were no traders or customers in sight. Banks, schools, as well as Jubilee Road Spare Parts Market and St. Michael’s Road Phone and Computer Accessories Market and shops were placed under lock and key.
The roads in the city were deserted as people were seen trekking to their destinations with several teams of security agents patrolling the streets, while others were stationed at major junctions.
It was observed that traders still stayed away despite the assurance of the Abia State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ene Okon, threatening to arrest anybody found harassing residents or traders at any market.
Police patrol vehicles were stationed at the major entrances to markets.