The sit-at-home order given by the pro-Biafrian groups for May 30, 2018 witnessed partial compliance in Afara Ukwu, Ibeku, Umuahia, the hometown of leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

Some shops located around the area which is about two kilometers to the Abia state government house, were open for business as early as 8 O’clock on Wednesday morning against the directive by the Pro Biafran group.

However, at Factory Road junction, there was heavy presence of policemen who patrolled around the area to forestall any breakdown of law and order.  Afara Ukwu was the fortress of IPOB members in Umuahia, Abia state.

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A resident, Kelechi Alozie said the quietness of the area may have resulted from the heavy casualty the community suffered during the Python Dance exercise.

“We were ready to close our shops and even leave our homes as usual but when we saw the police, we felt relaxed. The Jewish worshippers are still camped in Kanu’s house and since last night, none of them has come outside. I opened my shop because I saw others opening theirs. I am sure they were scared of the police as well.”

Another resident, Oluchi Onwuka, said she made up her mind to sit at home, “the community is in confusion because the whereabouts of our traditional ruler, Eze Kanu and the wife, Nnamdi’s parents are still not known and the return of the Jewish worshippers has multiplied police presence here, we leave in constant fear.

 The Abia police commissioner, Anthony Ogbizi had on Tuesday said the police would provide maximum security and advised workers and businesses to proceed with their work.

Recall that the pro Biafra groups declared May 30th sit-at- home day for all its members to mark what they termed “Hero’s Day”.

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