Sit-at-home-order: Unknown persons chase away students writing WAEC in Imo

Some unknown persons have chased away students of Comprehensive Secondary Nkume in Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State.

The students were chased away from writing their WAEC English Language Examination going on across the Federation and entire West African nations.

When contacted the Imo State Police Command Public Relations Officer, CSP Michael Abatham, to confirm the incident, his phone could not be reached.

However, a social commentator and community leader, Chief Nnakwe Iwuegbulem, thanked the people of the state for taking the step to begin normal activities, which according to him would revive the economy of the state and alleviate the hardship the people are facing.

Meanwhile, the residents of Imo State, on Monday, shifted ground by carrying out their usual daily business activities without fear of molestations and harassment.

This is the first time since the weekly compliance of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, sit-at-home order in the South-East, that residents of the state are making such a bold step.

While vehicles flooded the roads, businesses, fast-food centres, artisans, street/roadside traders, supermarkets and mobile food vendors operated freely.

Although businesses at the major markets were not at their peak, a reasonable percentage of buying and selling only took place, as Okada riders ferried passengers to their various destinations unhindered.

In Owerri, the state capital, Wetheral, Douglas, Tetlow, Onitsha, Port Harcourt, Okigwe, Mbaise, Aba and Orlu Roads were saturated with vehicles, even as intra-city bus services by the “BusImo Drivers” were available for commuters.

However, some fear-stricken sensitive institutions such as banks, public and private schools, apprehensive of a possible invasion by hoodlums and miscreants, still remained adamant and refused to throw their doors open for customers, students and pupils.

The hospitality industry heaved a sigh of relief with guests seen trooping in to their business premises for lodging and other services.

However, Imo residents are still groaning over the acute fuel crisis that has hit the state for the past week.

Already a number of filling stations have packed up for business with long queues of vehicles at some of the filling stations within the Owerri capital city.

The development which is a fall out of a running battle between the state government and the Independent Oil Marketers in the state over the alleged failure of the former to honour an agreement reached with the latter has begun to take its toll on the lives of the masses with transport fares hiked beyond imagination.

Tribune Online monitored the situation reports that while a litre of fuel sells between N250 and N270, the roadside retailers who sell the commodity in jerry cans now make brisk business, selling in black markets at exorbitant prices

Given the situation, the Imo State Government has issued a statement through the Commissioner for Information, Declan Mbadiwe Emelumbs, threatening to deal decisively with any filling station operating in Owerri that sell to black markers.

The government equally threatened to seal up any filling stations violating the order.


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