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May 30, 2024

Biafra day: Umuahia records total compliance

Biafra day: Umuahia records total compliance

By Steve Oko

Many streets in Umuahia, Abia State capital were deserted, Thursday in compliance with the sit-at-home order by Biafra agitators to commemorate those who lost their lives during the Biafra war.

Although the capital city was not entirely locked down, there was skeleton movements as some residents stayed indoors.

As at 10:00am when our Correspondent moved round to monitor the situation, Abia Tower Round About opposite Post Office right at the City centre which on a normal day, used to be a busy area, was partially a ghost of its old self.

Most of the shops around the vicinity were not open while some business owners were observed hanging around.

Youths mostly apprentices were also seen playing football around the open space opposite former NUJ secretariat in the vicinity.

A shop owner at the vicinity who did not want her name on print said even though she came out, she believed strongly in Biafra.

She said she saw nothing wrong with observing a peaceful sit-at-home in honour of those killed during the civil war.

Motor parks in the capital city were totally on lock as drivers and commuters stayed away.

Although some schools opened, many others did not.

Banks in the state capital were also under lock and key except transactions at their Automated Teller Machines, ATM.

There, was however, no incidence of violence in any part of the state as at the time of filing this report.

Vanguard inquiries also revealed that Aba the commercial capital of the state was on a total lockdown.

Commercial and economic activities were said to have been paralysed as residents decided to comply with the sit-at-home order.