From Ada Nebolise in Awka
Despite repeated assurances of their safety by the government of Amnabra State and the Police Command in the state, most citizens have continued to remain indoors on Monday in obedience to the sit-ay-home order by the leadership of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
The tension has increased with the secessionist group demand for their release of detained leader Nnamdi Kanu for the November 6 governorship election to hold in the state
In obedience to the Monday order banks and schools have remained shut in Onitsha and Nnewi, down to Ekwulobia and Awka, for the 11th week in the state.
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on August 9 declared sit-at-home in Igbo land, until its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, was released from detention.
The governor has tried with little success to overcome the potential damage posed by the group’s order to education by directing schools to open every Saturday, while promising to provide security to busineese
Though the group appears to be divided in their decision when it was allegedly called off by the pro Biafra agitators, through the Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful under controversial circumstances, there is still obedience by the citizens for fear of their lives, especially when one of the Directors in the group, Chika Edozien, countered the directive, announcing that sit-at-home would continue, except there is a counter directive by Kanu.
The situation instilled fears in the residents, who had vowed to stay indoors every Monday instead of losing their lives to “unknown gunmen”.
Governor Obiano had appealed to the banks, markets and residents not to listen to non-state actors ,adding the security operatives were equal to the task of protecting lives and property.