Sit-at-home call fails in Abakaliki, partial movement in Enugu

A sit-at-home called by proscribed group, the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB failed to keep residents indoors in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, where there was vehicular and human movement, like any other day.

Our correspondent in Abakaliki reports that there was normal free flow of traffic, as commercial buses, tricycles, taxes and okada went about their normal businesses.

Schools, markets, banks were all open as security agencies patrolled the town to boost morale and dispel initial fears of attack from IPOB memebers.

Governor David Umahi had earlier warned that traders who closed their shops in compliance to the IPOB order, risked forfeiture of their business premises.

Umahi, who agreed that the South East was still being marginalized said there were better approaches being adopted by leaders of the zone.

Meanwhile, in Enugu, all the markets in the State capital were open but the traders themselves stayed away from the markets.

The roads were not busy as usual as most roads were deserted. However, there was vehicular movement in some areas like the popular Ogui Road.

Movement of commercial vehicles was partial.

There was a heavily armed police patrol team stationed at the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) gate along Enugu- Abakaliki road.

However, state police public relations officer, Ebere Amarizu told newsmen that they had adequately deployed their men to strategic positions and to all known black spots to ensure citizens were not molested or harassed by the IPOB group.

Meanwhile, members of the Biafra Zionist Federation led by self acclaimed leader, Benjamin Onwuka, attempted to takeover Enugu Government House in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, and were arrested by a combined team of security agents made up of the Department of State Security, Mobile police, SARS and the anti terrorism squad.

The state police has also confirmed that they had about 20 of them already in their custody while still in search of others that fled.

Source: Voice of Nigeria