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Sit at Home: Anambra  Residents, Traders, Banks ignore Obiano Directive, Remain Indoor

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By  Oge Onyeanusi, Onitsha

Residents of the commercial town of Onitsha yesterday remained indoor in compliance with IPOB’s sit-at-home order to press home their demand for the release of their leader,Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

Gov.Willie Obiano had earlier directed all market leaders, banks and other public institutions to reopen for business on Monday.

However, business leaders and banks our correspondent gathered did not open for business for fear of molestation by hoodlums who hide under the guise of IPOB to rob or maim innocent people.

Gov.Obiano had earlier visited Onitsha Main Market at about 3:15 pm yesterday to inspect compliance of his directive, but was shocked to meet a relatively deserted market, except for the market leaders who were around to welcome him.

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At the Ogbaru Main Market, the gates of the market were flung open for business as at 9:20 am on Monday when this reporter visited the market but customers were not forthcoming.

Only a few traders were seen in front of their shops idling away.While others were probably making determined efforts to leave for home as no business was going on.

Some of the traders declined interview and appealed to the State Government to dialogue with IPOB leadership to seek the end of the sit-at-home which they claimed was taking a toll on the people.

Chairman of Ogbaru Main Market, Chief Ndubuisi Ochiogu was seen in the market premises inspecting an ongoing water project embarked upon by his administration.

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Chief Ochiogu who regretted low turnout of traders and customers to the market , however, attributed it to fear of the unknown even as he noted that all security arrangements have been provided for safety of traders and their customers.

However,it was a frightening narrative at the notorious Upper-Iweka as weapon weilding youths stood at the Lagos park along the express road.While some of them were smoking Indian hemp with ease.

One of the residents interviewed in the area said those boys were among those used for collection of revenues by the State Government.

Sit at Home: Anambra  Residents, Traders, Banks ignore Obiano Directive, Remain Indoor

Sit at Home: Anambra  Residents, Traders, Banks ignore Obiano Directive, Remain Indoor

Sit at Home: Anambra  Residents, Traders, Banks ignore Obiano Directive, Remain Indoor

Sit at Home: Anambra  Residents, Traders, Banks ignore Obiano Directive, Remain Indoor

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We Are Sick And Tired Of Your Sit-At-Home Orders – Ohanaeze

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Pan Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has asked the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to desist from imposing sit-at-home orders in the southeast geopolitical region henceforth.

IPOB has issued and enforced these sit-at-home orders in protest of the continued incarceration of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who was re-arrested and jailed in June.

On Wednesday, IPOB threatened to impose a month-long sit-at-home in the southeast, as opposed to the current format of every Monday each week, if Kanu is not brought to court on his next trial date of October 21.

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However, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide is of the view that IPOB would be better off asking members to storm Abuja, the nation’s capital city, in protest, instead of further paralyzing the economy of the southeast with endless sit-at-home orders.

“Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide are committed to providing a political solution for the release of the IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from custody,” a statement from Okechukwu Isiguzoro, Secretary-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, reads.

We Are Sick And Tired Of Your Sit-At-Home Orders – Ohanaeze

“The exponents of sit-at-home should be cautious of the regaining consciousness of Ndigbo to defy further directives, as the best approach before the IPOB leadership is to mobilise the disciples of Nnamdi Kanu in millions to take advantage of the October 21st court trial and massively take over the streets of Abuja peacefully without confrontation with security agencies, so that the international community will handle the matter and convince the federal government to do the needful.

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“If 60 million IPOB members as acclaimed by the leadership can storm Abuja, they will be forced to produce Nnamdi Kanu before the Abuja High Court as southeast sit-at-home is fading away.

“IPOB will gradually lose Igbo support if they continue to make things difficult for Ndigbo, especially with the continuous denial of not being accountable for the various scandals and crimes committed against humanity by the so-called cultists, who disguise under the sit-at-home orders to perpetrate evil.”

Kanu’s troubles with the Nigerian government began when he was arrested by the DSS in 2015. He spent two years in custody until he was granted bail on health grounds in April 2017.

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He subsequently fled the country in 2017.

The separatist faces charges bordering on treasonable felony and terrorism.

IPOB’s unending sit-at-home directives have further heightened tensions in the southeast region.

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Anambra Guber: IPOB sit-at-home disrupting poll preparations – REC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has expressed concern over the sit-at-home order given by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra.

It noted that the development was adversely affecting its preparations for the Anambra State governorship election slated for November 6.

The Anambra State INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr Nwachukwu Orji, said this during the commissions ‘s Monitoring and Support Centre EMBER Zone Implementer Workshop, held in Awka, on Thursday.

He said, “Our preparations are on course, even with all the challenges we are facing, such as the attack on our state office on May 23rd and the sit-at-home which are eating into our preparation time, but we are doing our best.

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“Ad hoc staff are already being recruited online and we are interacting with the stakeholders and we are happy with where we are now and we are confident that come November 6, we will have a successful election.”

He said the commission would recruit no fewer than 25,000 ad hoc workers for the poll.

He insisted that sensitive materials for the election would be brought in from Owerri, Imo State, because of the destruction of the Awka office of INEC

Anambra Guber: IPOB sit-at-home disrupting poll preparations – REC

Stakeholders had expressed reservations over INEC’s plan to import electoral materials from Owerri for the simple reason that the chairman of the All Progressives Congress National Campaign Council for the election is Governor Hope Uzodinma.

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In response, the REC said, “You know that the Anambra State INEC office was attacked on May 23rd and that led to the destruction of our store. Since that incident, we had to fall back on the INEC zonal store.

“INEC has zonal offices and for the South East, the zonal office is in Owerri and that is where we have been trying to remobilise for the election.”

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Igbo lawmakers to intervene in Nnamdi Kanu’s case, set to meet Buhari govt

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The Southeast caucus of the National Assembly has resolved to intervene in the issue of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

The caucus resolved to seek political solution over Kanu’s matter.

To this end, the caucus resolved to set up a committee to interface with the Federal Government and relevant stakeholders over Kanu’s matter.

This was part of the r solutions reached by the caucus during a meeting held in Abuja, at the residence of former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

A communiqué issued at the end of the meeting reads partly: “We elaborately discussed the issue of Mazi Nnamdi and resolved to intervene.

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Igbo lawmakers to intervene in Nnamdi Kanu’s case, set to meet Buhari govt

“To this end we resolved to set up a committee to constructively interface with relevant stakeholders, the Federal Government and its relevant agencies towards finding a political solution. We will keep Ndigbo abreast of developments in regard.”

The caucus also commended IPOB for calling off the Monday sit-at-home order.

“Noted with delight that IPOB has called off the Monday sit-at-home order and resolved to ensure that nobody uses them as façades to bring ruination on Igbo land.

“Call on our people to go about their lawful businesses and enjoin our governors and the security agencies to rebuild confidence in our people by not only ensuring the security of their lives and properties, but also ensuring that our people feel safe as they undertake their legitimate businesses,” the lawmakers added.

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