Residents of Anambra State on Monday insisted on staying indoors despite the suspension order by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on the ‘every Monday’ sit-at-home protest declared in solidarity with its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
IPOB, speaking through its Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful had two days ago called off the sit-at-home order following wide consultations, saying the exercise would henceforth hold only on days its leader, Kanu would appear in court.
But as at 8am, markets in Onitsha, Nnewi and Awka, the state capital were still empty as only few traders had come to the market.
Investigations showed that roads and streets were deserted, while shops were under lock and key.
A resident who identified himself as Vincent Onuegbu said he stayed indoors because he didn’t believe the suspension of the order was true.
He said, “I heard over the Radio Biafra that there was nothing like suspension of the sit-at-home. Besides, we’re not happy if it’s true. We want it to continue till Kanu is released.
A trader in Onitsha main market, Emeka Ezenwata said, “The market opens at 7am every morning, and usually, on a Monday, after a long weekend, traders itch to come to their shops, and that means that as early as 6am, most traders are already waiting for market officials to open their shops, so they can go to work.
“But today, it is already 8am, and the markets are already open, but only a few traders have arrived. As I was coming to market from Fegge where I live, I found the whole street scanty, unlike what used to happen on Monday mornings when there is usually a rush.”
Some residents in Awka who spoke to our correspondent said the news of the suspension was not widely circulated.
A trader at Aroma, popularly known as Oga Boss, who traders in Phone parts said: “I didn’t plan to go out today because of the sit-at-home. I’m just hearing it from you that it has just been suspended.”