Abia state government has warned traders in the state not to obey the Monday sit-at-home directive by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
According to a statement made available to newsmen, the state Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, said; “Any market that is closed or transport union that fails to operate will be closed and disbanded, respectively, by the government till further notice.
The Abia government said it cannot afford to sit idly and watch the future of students and economic well-being jeopardized over the lingering sit-at-home illegally enforced by a group of hoodlums hiding under the identity of agitators in the southeast region to cause chaos in the State.
It also directed security agencies in the state to deploy at all flashpoints on Monday and maintain regular patrols to ensure the safety and protection of law-abiding citizens and visitors.
“The leaders of all market and transport unions in the state are hereby advised to ensure that markets are open and transport vehicles deployed by their members for regular activities on Monday and beyond unless otherwise advised by Government.
“Any market that is closed or transport union that fails to operate will be closed and disbanded, respectively, by government till further notice. We cannot continue to cut our nose to spite our face.”
“We wish to state categorically that it is unacceptable to allow any individual or group to instill fear in our people to the extent of negatively impacting the education of our innocent school children who are billed to write the compulsory English examination of the West African School Certificate Examination (WASCE) on Monday, 13th September and Tuesday, 14th September, and on the rights of other law-abiding citizens.”