Sit-at-home: Full compliance in Enugu, economic activities grounded

By AdvocateNews on 09/08/2021

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The ever-busy Zik Avenue in Enugu deserted on Monday
The ever-busy Zik Avenue in Enugu deserted on Monday

Economic activities were totally paralyzed in Enugu, the Enugu state capital on Monday as the residents complied with the lockdown order by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Southeast.

Some residents of the coal city and the suburbs who trooped out on Monday for their normal activities were left stranded as commercial bus drivers and tricycle operators withdrew their services. 

Traders, workers and students especially those who were supposed to write General Mathematics and Woodwork in the National Examination Council (NECO) Senior School Certificate Examination as well as travellers were the most affected as there were no commercial vehicles to convey them to their various destinations.

It was observed that private vehicles especially those conveying their wards or spouses to schools and work respectively, were seen plying the roads but there were no commercial buses and cars on the streets, making passengers to wait endlessly at bus stops.

Many private and public schools remained shut as teachers were unable to get to their schools. Some schools had Sunday night sent messages to parents not to bring pupils to school on Monday for fear of being attacked. 

From the popular Ogbete Main Market  at Holy Ghost to Agbani Road to Gariki, Obiagu, New Layout, Abakpa, Emene, New Haven, the roads were deserted as few Keke operators were seen conveying passengers at exhorbitant fares.

At Gariki main Park, eyewitnesses said hundreds of passengers were seen begging drivers to convey them to their destinations but could not get any assistance. 

One of the stranded passengers told our correspondent she had been standing at Ogui Road, between 7.00am to 8.30 waiting for commercial vehicle to take her to her work place in New Haven to no avail.

“My office warned us not to miss work today for any reason. But, look at everyone here wants to go to their business places, but how do they do that without any vehicle conveying them?”, She said.

Another stranded passenger and NECO candidate, Chuka Makuachi said: “We have been standing here since morning waiting for vehicle to take us to school.

“Even to see a vehicle that will take me to Agbani Road so that I can trek the rest to the school is difficult. I don’t want to lose this year again because of this sit-at-home”.

The development, it was gathered, led to banks, markets and shopping malls, and some parks shutting down.

Gas and petrol filling stations were also shut down.

At Enugu secretariat, only a few civil servants who could drive to work were seen within the premises discussing the situation in groups.

At Ogbete, Mayor and Gariki markets, some traders were seen lurking around but afraid to open their shops for fear of attacks.

Following the fears by traders, some policemen were seen going round the markets to urge the traders open their shops if they were interested.

There were shootings within Emene axis as persons believed to be IPOB members blocked some sections of the Enugu - Abakaliki highway especially the Ekulu bridge near the Coal City University, Enugu preventing motorists from plying the road.

Security operatives in several hilux patrol vans had to shoot into the air to disperse the youths and reopened the road which was barricaded with burning Tyres.  

The security operatives also used teargas to disperse some youths enforcing the lockdown at old Ogbe market near the Akanu Ibiam International Airport. 

Generally, reports from different parts of Enugu indicated that the residents complied with their directive though many remained indoors for fear of being attacked by enforcers of the order. 

Posted 09/08/2021 6:26:06 PM

 

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