Aba, Enyimba city, the ever busy commercial hub of Abia State was today, totally shutdown following the sit-at-home order by the members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Recall that IPOB, in a statement on Friday through its Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, had stated that the Monday, August 9th 2021, will be a total lockdown in Southeast, which the group tagged: “Ghost Monday.”
The statement said that “Ghost Monday,” which would affect all economic activities including schools and marketplaces, would continue every Monday until its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, is released.
Following the order by the IPOB, Aba is totally grounded today as shops, banks, schools and marketplaces are totally shut down.
The order also affected motor parks as no commercial buses were seen loading. Even Ochendo park in York Street Aba was also grounded.
Abacity Blog reports that the Ochendo park is one of the major motor parks in Aba that convey, majorly Abia State civil servants to their Office in Umuahia, State capital.
Pictures and videos obtained by our reporter details how the Aba residents showed a total compliance to the order by the IPOB leadership led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Abia Government Vow To Sanction Civil Servants.
While the sit-at-home order by the IPOB has grounded business activities in Aba, the Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has cautioned civil servants who obeys the order.
In a statement Issued on Monday by the Secretary to Abia State Government, Barr Chris Ezem, the governor warned that workers who absent themselves from their duty posts will be appropriately sanctioned.
He added that only those who are exempted from work on the account of COVID-19 protocol are to remain absent.
“The Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Victor Ikpeazu has directed that all civil servants must ensure they are at their place of work today and going forward except those exempted from work based on Covid 19 Guideline.
“The Governor further directs that the Head of Service should ensure Compliance with this directive and sanction any person that contravenes same appropriately” the statement read in part.