Social and commercial activities in the South East and beyond have continued to bear the brunt of the enforcement of the sit-at-home order declared by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to protest the trial of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, by the federal government. Several announcements of cancellation of the order and deployment of security operatives have not deterred criminals from enforcing it.
In Imo, the sit-at-home order has had a devastating effect on the economy as banks, companies and government institutions are forced to close.
In Imo, weekends start from Friday as going out is likened to embarking on a suicide mission. In most cases, it stretches to other days of the week, especially on the days the leader of the outlawed group is scheduled to make a court appearance.
This week’s sit-at-home will stretch to Tuesday because Kanu is scheduled to appear in court on June 28.
The worst hit are the operators of small businesses, who are forced to close down during the period. Schools are also not permitted to open, while most hotels always discourage lodgers from stepping out from their rooms. Gatherings within the facility are even discouraged in some hotels and resorts.