Economic activities were brought to complete halt on Monday in Ebonyi, Anambra and other Southeast states as residents complied with the sit-at-home order given by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
According to The New Diplomat checks, many streets were deserted as of press time as shops, schools, markets and banks and other public institutions were all under lock and key.
IPOB’s leader, Nnamdi Kanu had declared a Sit-at-home order in remembrance of about five million Igbo people who reportedly died during the three years of civil war between the defunct Biafra and the Nigerian government.
Kanu, had said May 31 will be observed as special day in honour of the dead Igbos.
Meanwhile, checks revealed that the residents of Ebonyi and Anambra obeyed the directive.
Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi had in a statement, said the state government had received several requests from some citizens who wished to remain at home on that day to organise personal prayers for the dead Igbos.
Checks revealed that there was no vehicular traffic along the major road in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State Capital.
Some youths were also sighted playing football on the major roads of the city.
Many schools, banks, Glo world and other shops and businesses were under lock and key.
Similarly, business activities were shut down in Anambra State as major markets were under lock and key.
Many schools, government offices and banks located in Onitsha and Nnewi cities in Anambra were under lock and key as of press time.
The ever-busy Onitsha-Enugu expressway, the Onitsha end of the Niger Bridge leading to Awka, the Onitsha-Owerri expressway, leading to Owerri, the Nnewi Okigwe expressway, the Onitsha-Asaba expressway from the Asaba end of the Niger Bridge were all ghost of themselves as no single vehicular movement was seen.