The Anambra State government has banned sit-at-home directed by unauthorised persons or groups in the state.
Gov Chukwuma Soludo stated this on Friday in a release by his spokesman, Christian Aburime. He said the decision was sequel to last week’s sit-at-home which was ordered by Simon Ekpa, the leader of a splinter of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Soludo recalled that the mainstream IPOB, led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, had times without number, disassociated themselves from sit-at-home except on days Kanu would appear in court.
According to the release, “Such directives should be completely ignored by the citizens of Anambra and by extension the entire South-east.
“As for the imposition of sit-at-home order by unauthorised individuals or groups, this is a clear violation of the law. Anambra State will never observe any sit-at-home order.
“Our markets, schools, businesses and other social activities will remain open. Anambra State will never be a breeding ground for anarchy, fear or lawlessness.”
Sit-at-home was imposed on the South-East shortly after the arrest and detention of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of IPOB. Its initial concept was to pressure concerned authorities to release Kanu.
However, the order, which is being observed on Mondays, has witnessed myriads of criminal activities, leading to loss of lives and property.