From Ada Nebolise, Awka
Citizens of the southeast are gripped in panic and fear following the uncertainty created by the sit-at home order by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB for the observance of May 30 and 31 as annual Biafra Remembrance Day.
In Imo state for example, people are beginning to disobey the counter directive from the government instructing them to open their markets and businesses following the sit-at home order.
The separatist, pro-Biafra IPOB led by Nnamdi Kanu issued a statement that ordered people from the South East to sit at home between May 30 and May 31 in remembrance of over 5 million Biafrans who died during the three-year civil war in Nigeria.
Many South eastern states are geared to be affected by the order judging by compliance in the previous years. Imo appeared to be getting attention ahead of the D-day because of the frontal announcement by Governor Hope Uzodinma, asking the people to disregard the order.
Our correspondent who monitored compliance with the order found that business and vehicular activities right from the Niger Bridge head in Anambra were severely affected, particularly because of the road blocks mounted security personnel searching for members of the proscribed group.
In Imo state, activities at Naze Timber Market and its environs in Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State, Chukwuma Nwoha, Mbaise Road and some other roads in Owerri metropolis and shops and markets around Federal Housing Egbu Road and Mbaise Park were all closed by their owners.
Travellers moving in and out of the were stranded at the Aba Expressway, thinking th at the state government would have been able to enforce its directives, even as men of the Nigeria Air Force were seen monitoring movements in and around Egbu Road, Mbaise and Douglas roads..
The restrictions placed on people’s movements by the security agents run contrary to the position of the state government that citizens in the state should be protected to go about their normal businesses.
The Commissioner of Police in Imo state, CP Abutu Yaro had earlier issued a statement, assuring residents of adequate security and urged the people to ignore the threat.
People in some states have reportedly started buying foodstuffs to avoid last minutes rush on Sunday and Monday.