Imo residents resume compliance with IPOB’s sit-at-home order
Residents of Imo State’s 27 local government areas, yesterday, resumed compliance with a sit-at-home order by the secessionist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
There had been relaxation in compliance, especially in the capital, Owerri, for about three weeks.
Last week, however, rumours had gone round that some gunmen and IPOB officials were in town to ensure total observance. Fearful that violent scenes could follow, businesses shutdown hastily while parents scampered to schools to pick their children. Security operatives also intensified patrols.
Amid the apprehension, an officer of the Department of State Services (DSS) was reportedly killed, while hoodlums also seized the opportunity to loot shops.
Uncertain of what might befall them, yesterday, the residents thought it wiser to stay indoors. Motorists deserted major roads, while school children turned the streets into football grounds.
People who spoke to The Guardian expressed fear that enforcers of the sit-at-home order could descend on violators.
One seller of phones and accessories, Chima Kamalu, said he decided not to open his shop because “there is no smoke without fire.” He believed that last week’s incident indicated there would be a clampdown on violators of the restriction.