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Ignore IPOB’s Sit-at-home Order, Ikpeazu Tells Abia Residents

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Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has asked to shun the sit-at-home order by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Recall that IPOB had ordered a sit-at-home in the South East region every Monday, starting from August 9, until its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, is released from the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).

The proscribed group said the lockdown tagged ‘Ghost Monday’ will also affect schools, marketplaces, and businesses.

It threatened to shut down economic activities in the region, adding that violators of the order would be visited with violence.

In a statement issued in Umuahia by the Commissioner for Information, John Okiyi Kalu, the government advised “law-abiding citizens and visitors to go about their normal businesses without fear of molestation”.

Kalu stated that adequate security had been provided to ensure the safety of lives and property in all parts of the state.

He added that it made no economic sense to order traders to sit at home, while they are struggling to fend for their families under COVID-19 and the attendant harsh economy.

Kalu further warned that compelling the children to stay away from schools would be counterproductive and capable of retarding their progress academically.

The commissioner, however, noted that it would not compel anyone wishing to sit at home for any reason whatsoever not to do so.

He further charged parents and guardians to monitor the activities of their children and wards to ensure they did not engage in unlawful activities that would put them in harm’s way.

He said: “As citizens have freedom of movement under the extant Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, we wish to strongly advise that nobody should also compel or enforce any sit at home order from any non-state actor.

“Doing so will do not serve any known interests of the people of the state.

“We admonished residents and visitors to continue to be law-abiding and avoid any acts that might lead to a breakdown of law and order.”

He added: “The government was actively monitoring the situation with Kanu, who is an indigene of the state, currently undergoing trial at a federal high court in Abuja”.

“We remain in touch with his family members, other relevant persons and institutions, and receive regular updates through them on the situation.

“The Abia Government is confident that the judiciary will ensure a free and manifestly fair trial for him and others.

Ige Olugbenga is a fine-grained journalist. He loves the smell of a good lead and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows. Gbenga is an alumnus of the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State and The Polytechnic, Ibadan.