Commercial and social activities remain normal at Imo

Business and social activities in Owerri, the capital of Imo State and surrounding areas, have remained normal following the relaxation of a week-long siege order issued by the indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB).

The IPOB had issued a sit-at order following the election of Governor of Anambra scheduled for November 6 to protest against the continued detention of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

The order was however canceled, according to a statement from the group’s spokesperson, Emma Powerful, on Thursday, following public outcry and a call from critical actors in the geopolitical area of ​​the Southeast.

The popular Eke Ukwu Owerri, Relief Market and Egbeada markets were opened with booming buying and selling as vehicle and pedestrian movements remained normal.

In addition, fleets, banks and ATMs were bustling with activity, although most schools were locked.

A visit to the Secretary of State confirmed the presence of some officials at their workstations

Speaking, Mr. Peter Ojo, a primary school teacher, said the fear of the unknown resulting from order must have been a reason for the students’ absence from schools.

He said: “If the news of the cancellation of the order had been released before Thursday, the children would have been in school today”

In addition, Mr Harrison Udoka, a retired civil servant, welcomed the decision to relax the ordinance, adding that it would contribute to free and fair elections in Anambra.

He called on the federal government, however, to consider negotiating with IPOB, noting that the move would yield better results.

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