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Onitsha residents express anger  as IPOB sit-at-home order grounds commercial activities again 

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Residents of Onitsha in Anambra State on Monday lamented the effect of the sit-at-home order imposed by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the South East.

Although IPOB had suspended the order, schools, markets, banks, offices, and motor parks were reportedly shut, while major roads were deserted.

School children were seen playing football on the streets as people gathered around their business premises without opening. Banks did not also open for business.

According to a report by The Punch, Some residents lamented the devastating effect of the exercise on their means of livelihood.

They called for its definitive stoppage as the yuletide season approached.

The Chairman, Ngbuka Obosi Market Association, Chief Osita Udeh, who spoke to our correspondent, said although IPOB had reversed the order, inadequate security, lack of awareness, and fear of attack had made the people to continue observing it.

Udeh said, “Onitsha is the commercial centre of Anambra and the continued closure of commercial activities every Monday is having a huge effect on the state. We are losing incomes running into hundreds of millions of naira which is not good enough.”

Also speaking, the women leader, Onitsha Main Market Association, Mrs. Celine Chigbu, said, “This Monday sit-at-home is affecting income generation, Monday is a serious day for commercial activities because people come from outside the state. If government provides adequate security maybe people will have the confidence to come out.”

Another resident, Esther Udo, who works in Awka, said she could not access her workplace on Mondays as a result of the absence of transportation.

About Charles Igbinidu

Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

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