ENUGU — The bloody destruction of properties on the 10th of January, 2022 in Enugu state and other states in the South East of Nigeria set the stage for compliance level today Monday 17th of January.
In Enugu, economic activities were completely grounded and roads deserted, all schools and offices were completely shut down as no one wants to be a scapegoat in the hands of the unknown gunmen.
Sadly, a repeat of this scenario is expected even tomorrow Tuesday and may last till Thursday as Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will appear in court.
Recall that in December 2021, Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court Abuja had rescheduled the trial of the detained IPOB leader to 18th January; the trial as reported may last till 19th and 20th January 2022.
Although the Indigenous People of Biafra had earlier denied all forms of violence in enforcing Monday sit-at-home as they had cancelled same except on days their leader has to appear in court, yet the mayhem caused by the unknown gunmen ensured strict compliance of the order.
Reports from cities in the South Eastern states, Aba, Umuahia, Owerri, Nnewi, Onitsha to mention a few, shows there is complete compliance to the order.
In a phone conversation, Mrs. Clara, a businesswoman in Aba, Abia State said, “in as much as I don’t like the compulsory observation of the order, there is nothing one can do because anything contrary to sitting at home may result in death.”
“Aba people has always complied with the order; no one in our business area dares to contravene the order,” she said.
In Enugu metropolis, the case of a young man who was hit by the sporadic gunshots experienced last Monday has set the precedence; no man wants to be the scapegoat as many who in the past flaunted the order dared not step out.
However, there are reports that hooded gunmen enforcing the sit-at-home order attacked residents of Obollo-Afor in Udenu Local Government Area who opened their shops for business.
The gunmen were said to have come on motorcycles into the commercial town; they beat up the traders who opened shop and with whips, chased the people.
An eyewitness account stated that the hooded hoodlums did not shoot anybody; they only beat people up and asked them to go home.
But in Owerri, Imo state capital, there were partial economic activities; many offices, shops, and private schools were shut down but most banks opened for business.
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