Umahi makes U-turn, says traders can observe IPOB’s sit-at-home order

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Ebonyi State Governor David

ABAKALIKI – Ebonyi State Governor David has directed traders to observe Monday 31 sit-at- order by Indigenous Biafra (IPOB).

gave order on Sunday evening in a statement made available to newsmen by his Special Assistant on and Publicity, Mr Francis Nwaze.

Umahi made call less 24 hours after he threatened to seize any shop or business premises that are locked on Monday in compliance with the no-movement order IPOB.

The statement reads: “The Government Ebonyi State has received several requests from some and residents the state, requesting that they would like to remain indoors on Monday, May 31, 2021, to organise private family prayers in honour their loved ones who were murdered during the unfortunate civil . Some of the with this special request own shops in some of our markets across the state.

“While as a government, we remain resolute in the protection of lives and property of Ebonyians and all residents of Ebonyi State, we are aware that it is the right of anyone to remain at or go about his/her normal businesses in this regard.

“Following the foregoing, the Governor, Engr David Nweze Umahi, who is highly in touch with the has directed that those who may wish to remain at with their shop() locked should neither be penalized, nor their shop() seized as it is their constitutional right while the of those who may wish to go about their normal businesses should not be infringed upon as it is equally their constitutional right.

“He has also directed security agencies to do everything possible to maintain law and order in the entire Ebonyi State while maintaining the ban of any procession and gathering of any kind throughout the state,” the statement stated. (Nigerian Tribune)