The sit at home protest declared by the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB), recorded partial compliance in Aba,Abia state as most business centres were open for commercial activities.
As early 6am, several teams of soldiers and policemen were seen patrolling Asa road where IPOB usually converge for protests before marching to other areas. Fierce looking security operatives were stationed at major junctions across the city while activities at the business centres and motor parks in the city went on unhindered even as commuters clustered in groups discussing the situation.
Unlike past protests in the city where members of the pro Biafra groups usually march round major roads and markets to enforce the sit at home order, IPOB and MASSOB members stayed away. Several public places like motor parks, road medians, electric poles and buildings were decorated with the ‘Free Biafra’ insignia.
Though all the markets in the city; Ahia Ohuru,Cemetery, Ariaria International,Alaoji, Ehere, Good morning ,among others, were open for business but traders shut their doors to customers in compliance with the directive. While banks in the city centre were fully open for business; others offered skeletal services as they only allowed customers through their back gates. Schools were also in session as several teams of soldiers as motorists were not molested.
A trader at the Cemetery market said they support the sit-at-home protest but lamented that the leadership of IPOB were calling for such action when the effect of the country’s economic situation was biting hard on them. They further commended the leadership of the two pro-Biafra groups for their non-violent approach to free their detained leader.
“We are observing the stay at home order as directed by IPOB. We identify with their protest; the federal government should listen to IPOB and well meaning individuals and release Nnamdi Kanu. You can see that we did not open for business; though the economy is biting hard. There have been low sales, but this is a sacrifice we have to pay in solidarity with IPOB.”