The IPOB’s sit-at-home policy has paralysed socioeconomic activity in Anambra.
Specifically, social and economic activities in Awka were suspended on Monday as a result of an order issued by the banned Biafra agitators, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The group announced a sit-at-home order in memory of the over five million Igbo people who perished during the three-year civil war between the defunct Biafra and Nigeria.
According to IPOB, May 31 was designated as a special day to commemorate the Igbos who died.
Nnamdi Kanu, a self-styled IPOB leader, stated that the traditional date of May 30 was changed to May 31 to allow churchgoers to attend service and participate in the remembrance day.
Ngozi Nwosu, an Awka resident, stated, “I’m not in the mood to travel and am grateful to God that my children’s schools are closed. As a result, we are all indoors to avoid potential problems.”
Another resident, Ogochi Ezeike, stated that due to the IPOB order, the leadership of Eke Awka Market, the state capital’s major market, would not open for business.
“As you can see, everything is completely shut down; even if someone is in the market, who is going to buy from him?” he asked.
The majority of shops in popular locations such as Aroma Junction, Awka, Zik’s Avenue, and Unizik Junction are closed.