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Sit-at-home order stalls schools resumption in Imo

By Charles Ogugbuaja, Owerri
10 May 2022   |   1:54 am
Following the Monday sit-at-home directive, that was largely compplied with, in Imo State, yesterday, schools could not re-open for pupils and students in the public and private schools in the 27 local councils of the state.

Public places remain shut

Following the Monday sit-at-home directive, that was largely compplied with, in Imo State, yesterday, schools could not re-open for pupils and students in the public and private schools in the 27 local councils of the state.

Visits by The Guardian to many educational institutions in Owerri and environs, showed that schools’ were shut. The Federal Government had directed that schools be re-opened, nationwide, for teaching and learning.

Unfortunately, the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) had issued a statement to residents in the South East to stay indoors every Monday and any day the leader of the separatist group, Mazi Nnamdi kanu, is to appear in the court as a mark of solidarity. Later, the IPOB cancelled the Monday sit-at-home order, directing that is should be observed only on days Kanu is to appear in court.

But, the Monday sit-at-home order was re-issued, allegedly, by unknown gunmen, forcing residents in the zone to comply or face dire consequences.

This has prompted fresh round of socio-economic problems in the zone. Fielding questions from The Guardian yesterday, a parent, Philip Nwosu, said it is dangerous to release his children for school in view of precarious security situation.

His words: “I cannot allow my children to go to school today, as the activities of the enforcers of the sit-at-home are clearly obvious. Tomorrow, they will go.”

Also, many public places, such as markets, eateries, banks, and shops were closed.

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