There has been some mild tension in Abakaliki, the capital of Ebonyi State as residents of the State were seen running from one location to the other, following the enforcement of sit-at-home order by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the State.
According to Vanguard, the development has made Keke riders, commuters, motorcyclists, and other road users speed racing to any safe location within the State.
Most residents, who had left their homes in the early hours of Monday, December 12, 2022, made frantic efforts to seek refuge in any nearby compound or residential area, so as not to be victims of any circumstance.
It was gathered that there was confusion in some popular markets, including Ahia-ofu, Kpirikpiri, the International market and the Ebebe market in Abakaliki.
It was learnt that IPOB members were seen around Ebebe market allegedly shooting sporadically, which made passersby to starting running for safety.
It was gathered that a confirmed number of persons were allegedly killed, following the enforcement by IPOB.
The incident led to killings in Ahia ofu as many were seen running around waterworks road, mbukogbe, Ezza Road, Udensi Street as unknown made efforts to ensure that the sit-at-home order was adhered to by the resident of the State.
Reports had it that customers, who went to the United Bank for Africa, UBA, for the financial transaction were trapped in the bank for fear of becoming victims.
A resident of Abakaliki (names withheld) while narrating his ordeal said: “I am taking refuge in a hotel now. I went to buy a recharge card opposite the government house when I saw people running helter-skelter.
“People hurriedly parked their things inside their shops while traffic Policemen on duty opposite government house immediately changed their clothes.
“I drove out of that area following heavy gunshots to Kpirikpiri, where the road is deserted. People have parked their things inside their shops along that old Enugu road.
“If you are still in your houses, remain there untill calm returns.”
Another resident added “‘Am also taking refuge in a colleague ‘s abode. I ran from site, just before Spera-in-Deo junction, I heard gunshots and people were running for safety. I managed to get to Agwu street from convent road.”
An eyewitness account revealed that “Security operatives are around Kpirikpiri trying to bring peace and order”.
The incident comes a day after the leader of IPOB, Nnmadi Kanu asked residents of South East and all “Biafrans” to ignore the purported five-day order being circulated in a viral video.
Kanu’s younger brother, Prince Emmanuel Kanu disclosed this on Thursday, December 8, 2022, after visiting the IPOB Leader at the Abuja headquarters of the Department of State Services, DSS, where he is currently detained, said that his brother told him that he never issued any such orders.
According to him, promoters of “such senseless and anti-people order are the real enemies of Biafra.”
“My brother said: ‘At no time did I order anybody or group to issue such sensitive orders.
” He directed all IPOB members to ignore anybody calling for a 5-day sit-at-home.
” My brother said that our people should know that those who issue such orders are the real enemies of Biafra, and must be dealt with.
” He equally told me that Biafrans should know that he is in detention for their sake and not to compound their problems.”