Friday, 23 September 2016

Shops, Schools, Institutions Shutdown in Anambra Over IPOB/MASSOB Sit at Home Order


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By Okechukwu Onuegbu

News48hour.com reports that the sit-at-home ordered by IPOB/MASSOB today, Friday has threw so many Northerners resident in Awka, the capital of Anambra State into confusion, even as parents withdrew their wards from school.
 
Our reporter, while coming to office in the morning recounted his encounter with a Kogite, who was informing his beloved on phone that “Our Chairman warned us to be careful today and restrict our movements from certain areas, or if possible remain at home. You know that the Igbos take us to be Hausas. I am at alert where I am now so that I can easily run for my there life should anything happen. Most of us, the commercial motorcyclists have chosen not to ply any road.”
 

As a result, cost of transportation that day was a bit higher compared to what was witnessed in a normal day as both highways and trunk roads recorded few travelers and automobile movements, especially the motorcycle riders (okada riders) mostly dominated by northerners in this part of the world.

It was also observed that between 6am to 12 noon, there was tension everywhere as to whether to comply with the directive or not, as people, leaders and government of the day kept mum on whether the order should be adhered to or not.

News48hour.com further learnt that most schools earlier issued notes to parents asking them to keep their children at home as a result of the IPOB order notwithstanding the order by state police command to residents to ignore the sit-at-home order and go about their lawful duties.

In a statement signed by the State Command’s Public Relations Officer, PPRO Nkeiruka Nwode, while urging Anambra residents to ignore the order and go about their lawful duties, warned IPOB members to desist from any act capable of degenerating to a breach of peace in the state as culprits would be handled decisively.

“The command is using this medium to warn such elements to retrace their steps and desist from embarking on any act of criminality capable of causing breach of peace. We call on the people to go about their lawful duty as the police will ensure protection for all law-abiding people. Police are firmly and effectively on ground,” Nwode stated.
 
However, most private schools in the state capital city of Awka were shutdown having reportedly warned parents not to bring their children to school as their schools would not be open because of the order.

Similarly, News48hour.com, who visited some schools in Akwa, learnt that parents who went to pick up their wards from schools, the previous day, were handed notes of a school-free day today. A certain factory worker while driving out of home, where one of our reporters reside, Mr. Sunday Eke, charged his wife to ensure that none of their children leave home that day.

Speaking to News48hour.com, Headmaster of a public school in Awka, and a School Proprietor at Nnobi, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said their school chose to stop their pupils and students from coming to school because their wellbeing was paramount.

Earlier, a particular religious programme holding in Awka was brought to an end behind schedule by the officials, who told reporters off record that it was due to the fear of Biafra sit at home order.




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