The sit-at-home order issued by members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to residents of south eastern Nigeria has witnessed total compliance in Imo and Enugu states.
The annual exercise, usually marked on 30th May, is to honour igbos who died during the civil war. It was shifted this year to 31st to enable residents attend Sunday services on 30th.
Reports say roads across Imo state are deserted and no single vehicle was seen plying the areas.
At Owerri, headquarters of Imo State, markets were closed, shops kept under lock, as well as banks and filling stations were all closed down.
However, security agents were seen patrolling along major roads and road blocks were also mounted at strategic locations to beef security in the state.
Imo State government and Police had earlier asked residents to ignore the sit at home order, assuring them of adequate security of lives and property.
In Enugu State, economic and social activities were also paralysed as residents comply with the order.
Major Markets, Banks, Parks, Schools in Enugu metropolis were deserted – Ogbete main market, New market, Kenyeta market, and Gariki were deserted.
Schools, Parks like Onitsha South mass transit, GOU, Young, Ifesinachi, Royal mass transit, Banks, and shopping malls like Shoprite were deserted and under lock and key.