A popular deserted market in Imo. Photo: BBC Pidgin.

The sit-at-home exercise introduced by the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) which brings social and economic activities to a halt on Mondays continued in the South-East geo-political zone.

This is despite remarks from political and traditional leaders of the Igbo speaking region last week.

Traditional rulers in Anambra State met last week and announced thereafter that the secessionist group which has cancelled the exercise still being complied with in the area have agreed to put a stop to it.

Governor Charles Soludo of Anambra State equally said his administration has secured the approval of the group for workers to resume work every Mondays.

He had earlier vowed to penalize erring workers who will comply with exercise beginning from April 4, 2022 which he announced as the deadline.

At the weekend, Mr Soludo said work will resume on Monday by 11am with a brief religious services across the state. Photographs of him and other government officials in a Catholic Church showed the auditorium was visibly empty.

Roads, market, schools and banks in Enugu, Anambra, Imo and Abia were all deserted yesterday in total compliance while the situation was slightly different in Ebonyi State were few traders were spotted at their business premises with utmost watch for any eventualities.

Although IPOB has distanced itself from the exercise, it is still being complied with as residents fear for their dear lives. Government facilities and security personnel have been the target of the bandits who roaming around unleasing terror.

On Sunday, two operatives of the Federal Roads Safety Commission (FRSC) were killed in Ezinifite, Aguata area of Anambra.

TODAY POLITICS gathered, from local sources, that the deceased FRSC operatives returned to a security checkpoint where the criminals attacked a combine team of security agencies late last year and killed two personnel while setting ablaze three Hilux vehicles.

IPOB had initially introduced the exercise as a protest against the continued detention of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration which mysteriously renditioned him back to the country from Kenya to continue his treasonable felony and terrorism trial.