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Friday, September 14, 2018

Enough is Enough, Enugu residents defy IPOB’s sit-at-home order, go about normal activities

Enough is Enough, Enugu residents defy IPOB’s sit-at-home order, go about normal activities

Residents of Enugu metropolis on Friday went about their normal
activities disregarding the Sit-At-Home order given by the proscribed
Indigenous People of Biafra, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

A Correspondent of NAN, who monitored the situation
in the metropolis following the order, reports that there were no signs
of compliance as business premises were open, the roads busy with
vehicular traffic and people were seen going about their activities.

This, however, may not be unconnected with the security arrangement
by the government of Enugu State and the security agencies that
encouraged people to disregard the order and go about their businesses.

It will be recalled that the Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Mr Mohammad Danmallam, had told NAN that the security community in the South-East had made adequate aerial and land deployment to ensure the safety of citizens.

Danmallam said that the deployment was made at about 8pm on Thursday following a joint security meeting.

The joint security team comprises personnel of the Nigerian Army;
Nigerian Air Force; Nigeria Police and Department of State Services.

Others are the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps; Nigerian
Prisons Service; Federal Road Safety Corps, Nigeria Immigration
ServicService and Nigeria Customs Service.

“The deployment of security personnel, vehicles, aircrafts and other
logistics was to forestall the sit-at-home order across the South-East
states by IPOB meant to take effect today (Friday),’’ he said.

Danmallam noted that security personnel had also been deployed to
protect critical state and government infrastructure as well as public

According to him, “We already have our personnel, vehicles, surveillance aircrafts and other logistics out there.”

The IPOB had earlier written to various unions and associations in
the states, including local government council areas in the South-East,
to shut down businesses and other activities, while it posted notice of
the sit-at-home order in strategic locations across the zone.

NAN also reports that both private and public vehicles were in large numbers on the roads going about their normal businesses.

At Trans-Ekulu, Nowas, Nike Lake Resort and Abakpa Nike Market axis
there was heavy traffic as people were struggling to go to their work
and business places.

A businessman, Mr Ugochukwu Enyivigbo, said that the IPOB had
deceived them a lot with its seat-at- home order and at the end of the
whole thing nothing would happen.

Enyivigbo said that previous IPOB orders that he observed did not
favour him at all, adding that when he came out the next morning some of
his colleagues who did not observe it told him business was good.

He explained that he would be the last person that would observe such
orders again, describing the IPOB members as jobless people.

Mr Steven Ugwu, a public servant, said that IPOB did not employ him and had no right to stop him from going to work.

Ugwu said that there were no signs of the order in his area as at this morning.

Others who spoke to NAN expressed dismay with the order,
saying it was counter-productive to the aspirations of the people on how
to have a strong economy and be able to feed their families.

Although Danmallam had charged Divisional Police Officers, head of
departments and formations to be pro-active and professional in dealing
with trouble-makers, the IPOB is a proscribed organisation.

It will be recalled that the Federal High Court in Abuja on September
21, 2017, gave judicial backing to the Executive Order of President
Muhammadu Buhari, outlawing the IPOB and declared its activities as acts
of terrorism and illegality.

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