Sit-at-home: How thugs set fire to ebony vehicles and motorcycles

Sit-at-home: How thugs set fire to ebony vehicles and motorcycles

The order was subsequently suspended, moving the sit-at-home only on days when Kanu would appear in court.

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According to a Sun News report, thugs yesterday set fire to a vehicle and two motorcycles in several locations in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state.

Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB), following the arrest of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, in Kenya and his extradition to Nigeria to face trial, declared sit-at-home every Monday to pressure the federal government for release. by Kanu.

The order was subsequently suspended, moving the sit-at-home only on days when Kanu would appear in court.

The thugs, believed to be members of the pro-Biafran group, operated on bicycles.

The Dailys Sun picked up the thugs and set fire to a car on Hilltop Road, near Water Works Road, and a motorcycle at Hiltop Junction near the former state office of the Department of State Services (DSS).

A source in the area said the thugs committed the acts around 6:00 am yesterday.

The source also said motorcycle and car owners were also beaten by thugs.

Also in another operation, thugs burned down another motorcycle near Ebebe Junction after Nnodo Secondary School.

A source in the area said the situation caused fear and panic among area residents

“There is panic in my part after a bicycle fire after Nnodo secondary school before the bridge. Some motorists and passers-by in my Ozibo area refused to take our road, but I took it and left my children at school “ the source said.

It was learned that security officers arrived later and took away the burnt-out motorcycles and cars.

Police spokesman Loveth Odah said the vehicle caught fire due to overheating and not due to an attack by thugs.

When asked about the two motorcycles, he said he was unaware of the incidents and promised to return to the Daily Sun with details later. He had yet to do so at the time of submitting this report.

However, it has been gathered that some schools in the state capital have not opened.

Banks operated skeletal services even though some of the major restaurants opened while some remained closed.

In a related development, more than 100 gun, machete and club-wielding youths marched yesterday through some streets off the Ngwa / Ohanku Roads axis in Aba, Abia state, to enforce the IPOB order of sit-at-home.

It was gathered that to enforce the order in line with the IPOB leader’s appearance in court yesterday, young people, which included women and dressed in all-black clothing, took advantage of the area’s poor road network and marched through some streets. , including Dikenafai, Ogwo, Item, Aja and others, sang war songs and forced the owners of shops, which they opened for business and schools, to close.

While there have been no reported cases of the unleashed loss of life or destruction of property by the youth, they have managed to force people to stay indoors.

Pupils, who had previously gone to school, were hastily sent home and schools closed.

The unleashed youth equally forced commercial vehicle operators and Keke out of the streets while commuters were stranded.

During the hours the youths operated, they never encountered any challenges from the security officers who allegedly gave the inaccessible nature of the area as an excuse.

However, elsewhere in the city, people have observed the sit-at-home alone without anyone forcing them.

Markets, shops, schools, banks and gas stations were closed because there was no human or vehicular movement.

In Umuahia, the state capital, the sit-at-home was partially observed as some stores opened for business.

There were human and vehicular movements, but banks and other public institutions did not open.

In addition, most of the popular markets in Owerri, the state capital, have been closed, including banks, schools and gas stations.

The popular Eke-Ukwu Owerri on Douglas Road was closed to shoppers, as were the New Market, Ama Hausa, Relief Market, and Alaba Market.

However, some vehicles, including commercial buses, were seen running very early in the morning.

Furthermore, markets in rural areas and schools partially obey the order.

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