Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano led a protest against the continued sit-at-home directive previously issued by the Indigenous People of Biafra [IPOB].
On July 30, IPOB had called on the region’s residents to stage a sit-at-home protest against the illegal arrest and detention of its leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
The enforcement of the order then kicked off on August 9, with members of the group insisting for a total lockdown throughout the South-East region of Nigeria.
On Friday, August 13, IPOB issued a statement announcing that the weekly sit-at-home slated to take place every Monday had been suspended, saying that the ghost town protest will only hold on the days when Nnamdi Kanu is billed to appear in court for trial.
But in spite of the suspension of the sit-at-home protest, residents and business owners have continued to observe it, ignoring economic activities in the region.
The state governor, obviously frustrated after residents ignored his order on several occasions to return to their businesses, stormed the streets of Awka on Monday, September 13, to try and enforce the resumption of economic activities.
The governor, accompanied by members of his executive council, visited markets and banks in Awka, the state capital.
The governor also went to Eke Awka, asking traders to open their shops.
He said he chose to step out in order to end the fear of possible molestation, saying that people should not be afraid.
Economic activities, including banking and transportation reportedly came to life in the area around 1:00 PM on Monday, September 13.
Recall that Governor Willie Obiano had threatened to shut down banks and motor park operators who obeyed IPOB’s sit-at-home protest on Mondays or any other day that may be chosen by the organisation.