Enugu on Monday was a ghost town as residents stayed at home for fear of attack by unknown gunmen striking out in forceful enforcement of the order.
Despite the Enugu State Government and security agencies’ assurances of detailed plans to secure lives and properties of residents, schools, parks, markets and shops were under locks contrary to the state government’s order on Friday.
Unlike other Mondays, 5th June was exceptional as the level of compliance increased dramatically;
Main market Ogbete in Enugu which used to be a hive of activities was deserted likewise New Haven, Ogui road and others.
Lives and properties of those who defied the order in the past had been lost hence no one wants to be the scape goat that will be the sacrifice in the tussle between Enugu State Government and unknown enforcers as Simon Ekpa in a broadcast hammered on total compliance; when two elephants fight, the grass suffers.
Recall that the newly inaugurated Enugu State Governor Dr. Peter Mbah had issued a directive to an end of sit-at-home in the state with effect on Monday 5th June 2023.
Explaining the low level of compliance to the new order, the state government said, “It may well be that not all the workers got the information that we no longer have sit-at-home on Mondays.”
“But the truth is that everything we have promised our people in Enugu is anchored on getting the flow of private sector investments into our state;
“Whether we succeed or fail in ending sit-at-home, we do that together as Enugu people. If we succeed, our collective success means we can rise together against intimidation,” Enugu State Government stated after monitoring the level of compliance.
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