Despite suspension, sit-at-home holds in Enugu

The weekly Monday sit-at-home protest ordered by the pro-Biafra group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to press for the release of their detained leader, Nnamdi Kanu from DSS custody was still largely observed in Enugu on Monday.

Enugu residents and indeed those in other places in Igboland went to bed and arose with confusion as to whether the weekly protest which began August 9, 2021, would hold on Monday

This is informed by reports and counter reports that the exercise had been suspended.

IPOB’s Directorate of State, DOS’s head, Edozien and their spokesperson, Emma Powerful had announced that it had been suspended.

This position was hailed by the Southern Governors at their recent meeting in Enugu and was equally greeted with relief by many just as anxiety trailed the suspension order within the IPOB ranks.

Simon Ekpa, who described himself as Kanu’s disciple, whom he had reportedly handed over authority to broadcast on the group’s radio, had felt otherwise insisting that the strike would continue until Kanu was transferred to the prisons from DSS custody, an indication that there there is a feud within the IPOB high command with serious muscle flexing going on.

In the light of this confusion, some persons remained in door s while those who braved it out met the shops, supermarkets and major markets closed.

Offices and banks were also closed as well as motor parks while the vehicular movement was very low.

At about 9.12 am, some persons dressed in camouflage fatigues moving in a minibus drove down Agbani Road and fired sporadic shots into the air variously at One Day Road by Agbani Road junction and around Apo Filling station axis in the A for Awkunanaw area, adjacent to the 103 Battalion barracks Enugu.

This caused pandemonium as pedestrians and some tricycle operators scampered for cover as they ran for their dear lives.

However, normality has since returned to the affected areas while the exercise lasts.

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