- The sit-at-home order issued by the proscribed southeast group IPOB took a violent turn in Imo state
- One passenger was reportedly burnt in Nkwogu, Ahiazu Mbaise local government area of the state
- CSP Mike Abattam, the public relations officer of the Imo state police command is yet to confirm the tragic development
Imo state - Imo state on Monday, August 9, turned bloody following the sit-at-home order issued by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) led by Nnamdi Kanu.
Daily Trust reports that one passenger was burnt alive inside one of the three buses that were torched by a mob in Nkwogu, Ahiazu Mbaise local government area of the state.
According to the report, two vehicles belonging to a popular transport company ran into a group of hoodlums suspected to be IPOB members while coming from Umuahia, Abia state capital.
It was gathered that the suspects shot at the tyres, which forced the bus to stop and the passengers hurried to safety.
However, a passenger could not escape before the bus was burnt while one of the bus drivers was reportedly shot.
Imo state residents appeared to observe the order as commercial activities were grounded in most parts of the state especially in Owerri, The Punch added.
Though armed soldiers were present in the state, most markets and busy areas were deserted.
Do not obey IPOB’s sit- at-home order - Ohanaeze worldwide tells southeast residents
Earlier, the apex Igbo cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, opposed the sit-at-home directive by IPOB in the southeast region.
The Chidi Ibeh-led faction of the Ohanaeze in a statement in Abakaliki on Friday, August 7, said the economic loss from such exercise would be enormous.
According to the secretary-general of the faction, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the sit-at-home order, if complied with, might harm diplomatic efforts to secure the release of Nnamdi Kanu.
IPOB’s sit-at-home order suffers major setback in Ebonyi
Meanwhile, there will be no sit-at-home in Ebonyi state on Monday, August 9, as all schools, markets, commercial banks and offices will be open.
The directive came from Governor David Umahi, countering an earlier order issued by the proscribed IPOB.
According to the Ebonyi governor, observing unnecessary sit-at-home will draw the state backwards economically and it is wrong.