IPOB Sit-at-home Order
The Governor of Ebonyi State and the Chairman of the South-East Governor’s forum, Chief David Umahi has ordered the seizure of shops owned by traders in the state who will not open up for usual daily business on Monday in obedience to the sit-at-home order by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The governor also ordered the immediate sacking of civil servants absent at their work stations on Monday and called on security chiefs in the South-East zone to deploy security personnel to streets to avoid the breakdown of law and order.
IPOB had reviewed its sit-at-home order in the South-East, saying it will only hold on the day their leader, Nnamdi Kanu will appear in court.
Initially, it was proposed that the sit-at-home, tagged Ghost Monday, would be observed every Monday.
IPOB’s spokesperson, Emma Powerful, said the review of the exercise is due to a “direct order” from Kanu to that effect.
However, on August 16, many areas in the South East region were deserted despite the review of the sit-at-home order.
While addressing members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) stakeholders emergency meeting that took place at the ecumenical center, Abakaliki, the Ebonyi state capital, on Sunday, Umahi said the exercise if not stopped by the five governors of the zone will crumble economic advancement and chase investors from the region.
“South-East is under red alert as a result of IPOB sit-at-home and it is out of foolishness”, says the Umahi.
“Many civil servants did not go to work, we decided not to pay them, but the spirit of God prevailed and we forgave everybody. But tomorrow’s own, anybody that fails to go to their work station, will definitely cease to be a civil servant in Ebonyi.”
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