Reporter : NDU NWANNA
The Sit-At-Home ordered by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has once again paralyzed social and economic activities in Awka, the capital city of Anambra State. The Sit-At-Home was in response to the incarceration of the IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, by the Federal Government.
Such busy spots like Ukwu Oji, Ogbugbankwa Square, Eke Awka Round About, Ogbo Olu Market, Our Line and Ogbalimgba Markets axis, Arroma Junction and Unizik Junction witnessed very poor economic activities.
Radio Nigeria observed that only only few commercial buses, tricycles and private vehicles were sighted at the popular Zik and Arthur Eze Avenues. The situation was the same in roads within the hinterland of Awka, including Dike Street, Works Road, Court Road and SM Okeke Avenue. Eke Awka Market, Awka Old Timber Shed and Arthur Eze Avenue Market were all closed for business activities. Most of the shops on Arthur Eze and Zik Avenues, as well as other major roads were under lock.
However, business owners in some parts of the Awka hinterland were opened their shops. Some citizens, who did not want their names mentioned, told Radio Nigeria that they did not open their shops due the fear of being attacked or molested by hoodlums. Other respondents lamented the economic losses incurred as a result of the Sit-At-Home order. They stressed that most citizens were afraid of being attacked and decided to obey the order.