Imo residents observe partial sit-at-home


Residents in Imo State on Wednesday observed partial compliance of the sit-at-home order of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Though many abandoned their various places of business and remained in doors, few residents were seen defying the order to attain to their businesses.

Commercial activities, movement of vehicles, schools, banks, motor parks, artisans and markets were on hold.

Though the roads were scanty, few market women and men were seen at Ekeukwu Owerre, Relief markets transacting business.

Few vehicles, Okada riders, barrow pushers and mobile food vendors were seen on the roads while youths turned some streets into football fields as they freely played, confident that nothing untoward would happen.
In Owerri, Orlu Okigwe, Oguta, Mbaise, Mbano and Ihitte/Uboma areas, reports had it that kiosks, retailing and buying of items also suffered setbacks as no business went on.

The sit- at- home was heaviest in Owerri township where all roads/streets wore the unenviable attire of a graveyard.

Our correspondent, who monitored the situation in Owerri metropolis, observed that few people came out to transact their businesses.

At the State Secretariat, few workers reported to duty while many did not report to the office.

The people, who braved it, claimed that the sit-at-home announcement came late, which explained why few people came out to transact business in the capital city.

A trader, Mrs. Cynthia Mgbaosuru, said that she went to the market to buy some foodstuff because “we did not hear that there will be sit-at-home. So I decided to come out to buy food stuff which I resell to customers in the village.”

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