Southeast Nigeria shuts down for 50th anniversary of Biafra declaration


In a statement by the Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful, on Tuesday, recalled that Mazi Kanu issued the order of sit at home when he was still in kuje prison Abuja, stressing, "All the people of Biafra both home and overseas complied in all totality which was not done in the history of Biafra struggle".

According to Vanguard, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) had earlier alleged that the Army shot at their members who were holding a rally to honour heroes of the Biafra struggle.

Markets in Port Harcourt were not shut as directed by IPOB but it was observed that some markets in Rumuokoro, Akwaka, Rumudara etc were opened but did not bubble as before as shops run by Igbo people were not opened.

This declaration was made by Kanu while addressing worshippers at the Jew Sabbath service in his country hometown of Abia State, on Saturday.

Security officials were seen driving around the cities that complied with the order to keep the peace.

Inside Onitsha, the, the popular roads and streets, as Awka road, Upper New Market road, Old Market and New Market roads, Oguta road, Old Enugu road, Kirk road, Modebe road, Onitsha Nsugbe and Onitsha Nkwelle Ezunaka roads, were all deserted and shops and business premises in the area all closed for the day.

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There are no reports of violence so far but police and civil defence corps have been stationed at strategic places.

Some proprietors said some parents even threatened to withdraw their children from any of the schools that didn't close in solidarity with the agitators for a Biafran state.

However, Maduka Okeke who is an IPOB sympathiser told our correspondent that it wrong for members to force compliance on other people to sit at home or close their businesses.

Leader of MASSOB, Uchenna Madu, enthused that the sit at home "will witness tremendous compliance of people".

"Information at our disposal revealed that the soldiers have rented hundreds of youth and procured IPOB T Shirts for them to protest in order for them to swoop on our members in their homes to shoot them".

IPOB noted that the witch-hunt against Ekweremadu started after he took the lead to mobilise all the South-east politicians and businessmen in the country on how to ideal the stringent bail conditions attached to our leader, Kanu by Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja.