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Sit-at-Home: Onitsha Traders Hail Partial Vehicular, Human Movements



By Julie Sylvia Onitsha

Anambra Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, has been commended over the partial vehicular and human movement recorded on Monday in Onitsha and its environs, Anambra, during this Monday sit-at-home exercise.

Checks by AnambraDaily correspondent reveals that as early as 7.30am people started trooping out to the major roads and streets even as a good number of tricycles were seen plying to and from Onitsha.

Also some primary and post-primary schools that included, Ado Girls’ Secondary School, situated along Awka road, Onitsha, and a handful of private schools, were in session as at

Few commercial buses that ply inter states were on the roads especially at the Onitsha/Owerri road, Enugu/Onitsha road, Onitsha/Asaba/Benin/Lagos expressway, among others.

However, markets, banks, courts, most schools, offices, among others, remained shut.

Reacting to the partial movement, a trader at Oseokwodu market, Mr. John Ohame, said that, “Governor Charles Chukwuma Soludo is gradually winning the war.

“The problem we have in the Southeast is not IPOB but hoodlums who under the guise of IPOB, try to enforce a non existent sit-at-home.

“The way Governor Soludo is going about it now, picking these criminals, in the next one month normalcy will be restored. We are happy with him.

“How can few criminals hold the entire Southeast people hostage . Are they spirits,, if they are invisible, they are being picked now.”

In his own contribution, a civil servant who pleaded anonymity said that, ” the good must win the bad, it is a question of time. Igbo have suffered a lot and whoever that wants to add more pains to their sufferings must not go unpunished.

“What the criminals want is to hold us hostage every Monday. The IPOB that originated the Monday sit-at-home, has since suspended it because it is an ill wind that blows nobody good.

“We commend Mr. Governor for going after those who want to perpetuate the sit,-at-home for their own selfish interest.

“You can see now that there is partial vehicular and people’s movement. That shows that Governor Soludo is out to fight those enforcing a non existent Monday sit-at-home and we thank him for that.

“Some people get their daily bread when the markets are in session. That means if you want them to go hungry, you shut the markets. We are all suffering because we have not joined hands to fight these criminals.

“The thing is that criminals masquerading as IPOB members want to take over Southeast. So the yardstick being put in place now to checkmate them by Governor Charles Chukwuma Sudo is a welcome development.

The phone numbers he dished out to residents of the State have been helping tremendously and there are other security steps being taken that may not be disclosed to the public but even the Governor has said it that they (criminals) are being picked on daily basis”.

According to a vulcanizer at Nkwo Nnewi triangle axis, Peter Uchonga, “today we have not run away and come back as usual. The unknown gunmen normally attack people within this vicinity. But now Soludo is picking them, they are on the run.

“There is little movement of people and vehicles but previously the roads were empty. Today Keke operators are on the road and people are also walking freely on the road. I believe Governor Soludo is doing something against the criminals”.

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