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Low compliance in Rivers


[FILE PHOTO] Aerial view of some part of Rivers state

The sit-at-home protest recorded low compliance in Rivers State unlike previous years when its impact was greatly felt.

The streets were busy, major markets were functional except the popular Ikoku Market that deals on motor parts.

The traders at the market are dominated by Igbo’s hence their total participation.


Similarly, the Okija lane that deals on electrical parts was shut down. The Guardian learnt that the traders were also mainly Igbos.

Apart from these areas, other areas in the city were busy with daily activities.

Meanwhile, four truck drivers conveying goods from Onne and Port Harcourt to the Northern part of the country were abducted after they were attacked by bandits suspected to be members of IPOB at Oyigbo in Oyigbo Local Government Area of Rivers State.

It was gathered that the incident took place between 3am to 4am on Friday.

About 15 trucks conveying different goods such as baking flowers, fertilizers and Noddles beans were said to have been set ablaze.

Recall that IPOB leaders had ordered their members to observe a sit-at-home in commemoration of their members who lost their lives last year.

Some banks in Oyigbo and parts of Port Harcourt hurriedly shut down for fear of being attacked by the criminals.

The sit-at-home order, which was supposed to be peaceful turned violent when irate youths intercepted trucks conveying goods outside Port Harcourt and others coming into Port Harcourt were set ablaze.

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