Abakaliki was total lockdown despite the rumours of suspension of the IPOB order

Obinwannem News Abakaliki was total lockdown despite the rumours of suspension of the IPOB order

The usual hustle and bustle that usually take place on Monday mornings were again not recorded as most locations within Ebonyi metropolis appeared calm and deserted.

Commercial activities were grounded as a countable number of vehicles and other means of transportation were scarcely seen in operation in the state.

When Obinwannem News visited some streets and adjourning roads within the capital, including Ogbaga, waterworks, Ezza, Ogoja and Gunning roads, shops were visibly under lock and key as traders did not open for business activities.

Parks, Banks, and filling stations within the metropolis were not opened for their usual daily operations including that of the state governor Bras oil. While banks were shut, Automated Teller Machines, ATM centres of Banks were opened for customers to withdraw funds for daily usage.

Residents of Abakaliki were scarcely seen on the streets of Abakaliki as most of them including civil servants stayed back home to avoid falling victims to the brewing socio-political situation in the southeast geo-political zone.

At Udensi roundabout, a police pick-up Van with an array of security personnel were seen in the area as a means of forestalling any form of breakdown of law and order.

Most shops along Udensi streets were also not opened for activities.

However, it was gathered that First and ECO banks along Waterworks and Ezza roads carried out skeletal services while other banks were completely shut down.

The phenomenon in the state, since the sit-at-home saga began was not felt. As the morning period progressed into the afternoon, the population size within the state capital gradually started increasing, including vehicular movements.

According to the government manifest, the Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Umahi was scheduled to hold his usual State Executive Council meeting by 2 pm.

An apprentice, Miss Emmanuella Nwokerekwu from Ezza North Local Government Area of the state who went to work based on the directive of her madam said: “My madam said all of us should come to work today. I went but we didn’t meet anybody. The shop is even locked. I’m going back. I don’t want any wahala.”

Mazi Nwokwu Chukwuemeka reporting, Obinwannem News Reporter/ September 20, 2021