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Enforcers of IPOB sit-at-home order cause mayhem in Enugu, Imo

By Lawrence Njoku (Enugu) and Charles Ogugbuaja (Owerri)
28 September 2021   |   3:05 am
Some hoodlums, suspected to be enforcers of the suspended sit-at-home order imposed by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) over the continued detention of its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu

Some hoodlums, suspected to be enforcers of the suspended sit-at-home order imposed by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) over the continued detention of its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, yesterday set ablaze a vehicle conveying tomatoes, vegetables and another foodstuff in Enugu.

The incident occurred as residents of the state refused to open businesses and continued the sit-at-home in defiance to the IPOB leadership, which some weeks ago cancelled the exercise.

It was gathered that the Ford vehicle was set ablaze at Edem Junction, Ibeagwa, Nike, in the Enugu East Local Council of Enugu State.

The vehicle was reportedly coming from the Ugwogo end of the Opi/Enugu bypass when it was blocked and set on fire.

Sympathisers were said to have put a call to the State Fire Service, prompting a quick response by the Ogui Road Fire Service station to the scene.

ALSO, hoodlums in Orlu axis in Imo State, yesterday, set some vehicles travelling to some parts of the country ablaze, accusing them of not observing the sit-at-home order.

However, the story was different in Owerri capital city and environs, as residents, shop owners, traders, motorists, school pupils and students went about their businesses for second consecutive times. The situation was the same last week Monday.

In Orlu zone, hoodlums stationed themselves, having a field day preventing persons from moving about freely. They queried those who did not observe the sit-at-home order, prompting them to burn some vehicles.

Some lawyers, who had cases to handle in some courts around the vicinity, could not proceed as a result.

Enugu did not observe last Monday’s sit-at-home but a shoot-out later that day at the Garki area of the state may have forced residents to retreat and continue with the sit-at-home yesterday.

The leadership of IPOB had severally announced an end to the Monday sit-at-home but some hoodlums have insisted it must continue until Nnamdi Kanu is released.

Violent attacks on those disobeying the order had forced residents of most parts of the South-East to continue with the order.

Several businesses remained under lock and key as residents deserted the roads yesterday.

Although the state government had announced yesterday, Monday 27, 2021, as the resumption of the 2021/2022 academic session, the schools in the state remained shut, apparently to give way for the Monday order.