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Imo residents groan over three-day sit-at-home, urge political solution

By Lawrence Njoku, Enugu and Charles Ogugbuaja, Owerri
19 May 2022   |   2:50 am
The residents who spoke to The Guardian, yesterday, lamented that since Monday, they had been at home, abandoning their businesses and workplaces, while their children

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Residents, across the 27 local councils of Imo State, have groaned over the forced compliance to the three-day sit-at-home order.

The residents who spoke to The Guardian, yesterday, lamented that since Monday, they had been at home, abandoning their businesses and workplaces, while their children were also prevented from going to school, advocating that the Federal Government should apply the political solution to the matter.

In Owerri, public places, such as government offices, schools, markets, banks, eateries, and private and public businesses were largely closed.

Those who attempted to open their shops, opened half door, apparently afraid, being vigilant for any enforcer.
Motorists were off the streets also.

Fielding questions from The Guardian, a businessman, John Eze, said he was tired of the situation as the continuous sit-at-home order is crippling their businesses.

IN a related development, streets in Enugu State were deserted, yesterday, as residents stayed home in compliance with the directive of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) over the trial of its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

IPOB had, at the weekend, directed residents of the South East to stay away from their various official and commercial activities in honour of its leader, whose trial at the Federal High Court, Abuja, came up yesterday.

However, yesterday’s sit-at-home was the third this week as a splinter pro-Biafra group had, in a counter directive issued at the weekend, declared a three-day sit-at-home beginning from Monday.

Although, no tangible reason was given for the order, it was gathered that the group had insisted that the sit-at-home on Monday, earlier cancelled, remained active until Kanu is released.

As it were, schools, markets, banks, government offices and business premises were deserted by residents, who feared they might be attacked.