18th January, 2022
Residents of Ebonyi State on Tuesday shunned the state government’s threat to punish anyone who complied with the sit-at-home order by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, through Nwachukwu Eze, the state’s Commissioner for Markets and Parks, on Monday had said residents who obey the sit-at-home would be severely punished.
“All markets and parks leaderships in Ebonyi are by this announcement directed to ensure that markets are open for businesses on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
“The state is not in any way part of the sit-at-home order by IPOB.
“Please note that strict compliance to this directive is very important as failure to do so will attract severe punishment,” Eze had said.
Residents, however, boycotted economic and business activities in the state as shops in major markets were shut and no single person was seen in the markets.
IPOB spokesperson, Emma Powerful, in a statement said that all residents of South East region should observe sit-at-home on Tuesday to show solidarity for its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who appeared at the Federal High Court in Abuja today, Tuesday.