The outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, are making frantic steps to continue with the weekly Monday sit-at-home order earlier proposed in an attempt to release Nnamdi Kanu its leader from the Department of States and Services (DSS).
IPOB, said on Saturday through its spokesman, Emma Powerful that the sit-at-home protest has been suspended, will hold only on the days Kanu would appear in court.
But despite the suspension of the exercise, Awka, Onitsha, Nnewi, Nsukka, Aba and other major towns in the South-East states on Monday observed the sit-at-home order, making the group reconsider its stand.
Emma Powerful, who spoke to some journalists, in reaction to the observance of the order, despite the suspension, said that IPOB was no longer forcing anyone to stay at home, but added that people voluntarily decided to observe it to show how they feel about the continued detention of Nnamdi Kanu.
He said the exercise was not entirely banned but was only suspended, and that since the people were fine with it, the group might reintroduce it.
He, however, said that would be after due consultation.
“Yes, we observed that people decided to sit at home today. We did not tell them to do so, and we did not force anybody,” Powerful said.
“They are doing it to show how they feel about the detention of Kanu.
“We suspended the sit-at-home for this Monday, but after consultation, we can decide to order that people should sit at home again by next Monday. As for this Monday, the people are just expressing their feelings. We are still consulting, and we will let people know later,” he noted.
Obinwannem News had earlier reported that some major roads, schools in Enugu, Ebonyi and Imo states of remained deserted on Monday while some businesses were also shut in observance of the sit-at-home despite a counter-directive from IPOB.
Checks by SaharaReporters on Monday morning had revealed that most towns in the South-East still observed the sit-at-home as some major roads were deserted and many businesses remained shut today in compliance with the old order.
“Everywhere looks deserted from busy streets to major market roads. One of them is the Aba-Port-Harcourt Road in Abia State. It is quite scanty. No movement,” an observer had stated.
The same was noticed along the Onitsha-Owerri road as people deliberately chose to sit at home.
Ijeoma Njoku reporting, Obinwannem News / August 17, 2021