Despite the plea by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), calling on the people of the South-East region to go about their normal activities as it has cancelled the every Monday Sit-at-home protest, streets in Anambra State were deserted on Monday.
IPOB had through voice notes on social media stated clearly that it has long called off the exercise, telling all residents to go about their normal duties and activities.
Recall that the Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Mr Emma Powerful had weeks back in a press release stated that its decision to call off the sit-at-home exercise was because of complaints that it was crippling the South-East economy.
However, Daily Post Correspondent who moved around the state observed that schools, banks, markets and other public places were all empty.
The Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano had last week assured residents of the state of protection, telling heads of banks in the state and markets to ensure they open for business in order to avoid sanction.
Though no incidents of attacks and enforcement of compliance was recorded in the state as at the time of filing this report, Awka, Onitsha and Nnewi registered scanty streets and low turnout of persons.
A source said that the decision by most people to remain indoors may be borne out of fear of attack, rather than solidarity to the leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.
Gunmen Kill 3 Police Officers In Anambra, Set Patrol Vehicle On Fire
Yesterday, three police officers have been shot dead by gunmen in Anambra State. The officers were attacked around 9 a.m. on Sunday and their operational vehicle set ablaze on the Ukaegbu /Ezeiweka Road in Onitsha, a commercial town in Anambra, according to a report by Punch newspaper.
The police officers were on security checks on the road before the attack happened.
Two other officers were also injured in the attack which has been confirmed by the police spokesperson in the state, Ikenga Tochukwu, the media outlet reported.
A video clip of the ugly incident posted on Facebook showed a corpse lying in the middle of the road, while a police vehicle was engulfed by fire. The scene looked chaotic, with people running and shouting.
The Punch quoted a resident who said there was suspicion the gunmen may be members of the pro-Biafra group, the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB).
IPOB, an outlawed group, has been at the forefront of the agitation for an independent republic, Biafra, from Nigeria’s South-east.
How Ohanaeze, Politicians Betrayed Igbo Youths Before ‘Fulani-Controlled Federal Govt – IPOB
The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has cautioned security operatives in the South-East to stop “genocidal killings” of Igbo youths after tagging them operatives of the Eastern Security Network (ESN).
IPOB alleged that several Igbo youths have been killed by security agencies due to the quest by political leaders and Ohanaeze Ndigbo’s quest for “political glory.”
In a statement by the group’s spokesman, Emma Powerful on Monday, IPOB accused Ohanaeze and Igbo political leaders of betraying the South-East.
According to the statement: “Following the incessant kidnappings, harassment, arrests, and indiscriminate killings of Biafrans in the recent times, we the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by our liberator and indefatigable leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, wish to warn Fulani-dominated Nigeria security agencies operating in Biafra land to desist from provocative killings of innocent Biafran youths whom they tag operatives of the Eastern Security Network, ESN, and IPOB volunteers.