Business activities rooted in Anambra, Enugu

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Commercial activities were again entrenched in the towns of Onitsha, Nnewi and Ekwulobia in Anambra State on Tuesday as there was more than 70 percent compliance with the home siege order declared by indigenous peoples of Biafra.

Banks, markets, petrol stations, car parks and offices were closed while the roads in the areas were devoid of the usual vehicle and pedestrian movements.

Although at Awka, it was partial compliance as more vehicle movements were observed.

It has been observed that most of the workers who live in Awka have come forward for their official duties.

IPOB had on Tuesday declared a sit-at-home across the Southeast in solidarity with the court appearance of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, in Abuja and also to protest against the visit of the President, Major General Muhammadu. Buhari (retired), in Imo State.

Our correspondent, who walked the main streets, observed that shops in residential areas also partially opened for business transactions, while some residents gathered in groups to discuss matters of interest.

It was a mixed reaction as some of Onitsha residents expressed concern about the economic effect and implications of continued exercise, others welcomed the move.

Mgbaruo Residents Association President Onitsha, Chief Sylvanus Okeke said: “Although through this sit-at-home we are losing the money we would have earned today had we been allowed to go to our various business premises, we were home on Monday and again on Tuesday, but there is nothing we can do. It is better to be safe and alive at home than to face the unknown.

Moreover, the main streets of the Enugu metropolis were deserted.

All banks, markets, shops and other public offices have been closed.

The residents, most of whom were too scared, stayed indoors; trying to observe the situation despite assurances from the state security forces asking them to go about their business.

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Richard V. Johnson