BY OKONKWO EZE
ONITSHA—Palpable fear has allegedly gripped the people of Anambra State especially residents of Onitsha, sequel to the reported arrival of group of soldiers in droves for security build up against the alleged Sit-At-Home order being canvassed by the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB.
As early as 7.30 am, Thursday, lorry loads of soldiers were sited trouping into Onitsha from the River Niger Bridge head.
Reports said they may have come from Delta and other neighbouring States into Onitsha as it is believed to be the operational headquarters of MASSOB, while Okwe, Imo State is the theoretical headquarters.
MASSOB had through its Director and Deputy Director of Information, Uche Madu and Mazi Chris Mocha warned that it would deal ruthlessly with any body who refused to observe the Sit-At-Home order.
According to Mocha, “the Sit-At-Home order remains June 8, 2013 and any group or groups that said it has been postponed said so on their own.”
Meanwhile, the State Police command had in a press release warned MASSOB and other groups agitating for a Sovereign State of Biafra to steer clear of June 8, Sit-At-Home stating that it would invoke some sections of the law to ensure that lives and property of the people are protected.
In a press statement yesterday, the State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Emeka Chukwuemeka reminded MASSOB and other militant groups that they remain banned in the state.
He urged the citizenry to go about their normal business and forget about the ranting of those he described as miscreants.
It would be recalled that the Association of Igbo Youths Organization, AIYO, had on Tuesday stormed the Anambra State House of Assembly where it revealed that it would assist the security operatives in ensuring that the Sit-At-Home order would not be observed.