Some major cities in the South-East, particularly in Anambra and Imo States, where deserted today, August 16, in observance of the sit-at-home protest which had been declared to hold every Monday throughout South-East states until the Buhari dictatorship releases IPOB leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from illegal custody.
However, On Saturday, August 14, CitizensAlert reported that during an address on Radio Biafra, IPOB’s Directorate of States Chika Edoziem had announced that the weekly sit-at-home protest had been suspended following a directive from IPOB’s high command.
During the broadcast, Edoziem had said that the sit-at-home protest will now hold any day IPOB’s leader Nnamdi Kanu is slated to appear in court.
However, despite the announced suspension of the protest, major cities in the region still observed the sit-at-home protest as businesses and many public places remained close.
Major roads in Abia, Onitsha and Owerri were deserted as people continued to observe the sit-at-home protest, most of them in fear that some hoodlums may take advantage and loot their shops.
Filling stations were closed in Onitsha, Anambra State, whilst Orlu, a major city in Imo State, had its major roads, businesses and public places deserted.
Aba, also a major city in Abia State had the looks of a ghost town whilst Nsuka, Enugu State, was also deserted on Monday, August 16.