By Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu
Residents of Enugu state on Friday shunned the sit-at-home order of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as they went about their activities.
Civil servants, shop owners and traders at the popular Ogbete market freely engaged in their usual activities. Different parks also witnessed activities as road transport operators as well as travellers moved freely as if no directive was given.
At the State secretariat complex located around GRA, workers were seen in their respective offices, while some were seen in groups discussing the IPOB order.
The failure of the sit-at-home order to have effect in the Coal City state may not be unconnected with the arrest within the week of twelve suspected members of the pro-biafran group while mobilising traders at the Ogbete market by the police.
The group had ordered residents of the entire south-east states as well as Rivers, Delta, Cross-River and Ndigbo all over the country to stay at home on September 23 in solidarity with their protest to facilitate the possible release of Kanu and other members of the group presently remanded in prison custody for alleged offence bothering on treason.
In a statement earlier in the week, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Ebere Amaraizu, had declared that those arrested would be arraigned in court.
Giving more details of how they were arrested, the police said its operatives acted on intelligence information and swooped on the pro-Biafra activists while they were allegedly mobilising innocent people.