Streets deserted in South-East despite cancellation of week-long sit-at-home

Despite the cancellation of the week-long sit-at-home order of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) residents of South-East stayed in doors beginning Friday morning.

The separatist group had declared the exercise billed to begin from November 5 to November 10 but cancelled it Thursday evening, the deadline it gave for its detained leader Nnamdi Kanu to be released.

Mr Kanu was mysteriously abducted from Kenya and brought back to Nigeria to continue his trial bordering on treasonable felony and terrorism. He pleaded not guilty to the amended seven-count charge preferred against him and the court adjourned to November 10.

Emma Powerful, the group’s spokesman which announced the cancellation of sit-at-home urged electorates in Anambra to go out and exercise their franchise.

Despite the announcement, residents of the five South-East geo-political zones deserted busy roads in the Igbo predominant area.

Commercial and social activities in Anambra, Imo, Enugu, Abia and Ebonyi were halted, according to multimedia reports circulating on social media Friday morning.