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Sit-at-home order: Banks, parks, markets others shut down in Ebonyi

There is total compliance to the Indigenous People of Biafra’s sit-at-home order in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state capital, today May 31st as banks, parks, markets, and shopping malls were shut down.

Schools were not left behind as no school both government and private opened for academic activities including the Ebonyi state university.

It is the first time Ebonyi is recording total compliance to the proscribed IPOB’s sit-at-home order as the state in previous years did record partial compliance.

Our correspondent reports that there were heavy shootings at the early hours of Monday, May 31st, at Nnodo, Ebebe junction, and Ogbaga road axis of Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.

Motorcycles were set ablaze with motorists and passers-by molested by hoodlums who arrived in buses and divided themselves into groups on the road before moving into the bush.

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Some reports say that some hoodlums were shot dead by the police, even as a police officer was said to have been killed by the hoodlums during an exchange of bullets.

Furthermore, Peace Mass, Onitsha South, Romchi, and other transport companies along Afikpo Road Abakaliki, didn’t not open for business.

Gas and petrol filling stations were also shut down. Kpirikpiri market, international market, and other markets in Abakaliki were all closed down.

Major streets roads such as Mile 50, Kpirikpiri, Old Enugu road, Water Works, Union Bank, Afikpo Road, Ogoja Road were deserted, with few persons seen trekking, while motorbikes and Keke operators seen on the road hoisted leaves on their bikes and Keke to show solidarity.

Some state civil servants who went to work had to turn back on seeing how deserted the roads were.

Meanwhile, the police is yet to react to the arrest and killing of some suspected IPOB members as the commissioner of police (CP) Aliyu Garba when contacted on phone directed our reporter to call the police public relations officer Loveth Odah but the PPRO did not pick up the calls as of the time of filing this report.

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