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Comply with IPOB’s sit-at-home order, forfeit your shops, Umahi warns Ebonyi traders


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Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has issued a warning to traders in the state to ignore the Monday, May 30 sit-at-home order of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB).

The governor said any trader who complies with IPOB’s sit-at-home order should be ready to forfeit their shops.

Umahi issued the warning in a state-wide broadcast on Saturday in Abakaliki to mark the sixth anniversary of his administration.

He directed that all markets in the state should open for business on Monday.

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The governor is quoted as saying:

“There should be free movement of people in the state on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and other days of the year.

“People should go to church on Sunday to pray for the nation’s fallen security agents, civilians and peace and unity of the state and country.

“I challenge the youths, local government area chairmen, security agents, Ebubeagu security outfit, among others, to ensure that no one is molested in the state.

“Anyone who has nothing to protect himself should do so with a cutlass, which should be for protection and not for attack.”

He said that all forms of the procession had been banned in the state except those by youths organised by council chairmen.

“I have been notified about such processions and they are being used to profile our people for empowerment.

“I charge the Ebubeagu security outfit, which is backed by the state laws, to ensure that the people are protected,” Umahi said.

He said the state could not go into “second slavery under any guise”, pointing out that “the secession the people need is massive economic development The PUNCH reports.

“There will be movement in other parts of the country, if there is none in the South-East so people should therefore ignore such order.

“Ebonyi people are grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari for all his assistance and if people do not see his goodness, he has been good to us,” he said.