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IPOB sit-at-home fails in Ebonyi, Enugu; succeeds in Onitsha, Aba, others



IPOB sit-at-home fails in Ebonyi, Enugu; succeeds in Onitsha, Aba, others
Total Failure in Ebonyi

The sit-at-home called by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) failed in Ebonyi State, Premium Times can authoritatively report.

The group called for the measure to commemorate and protest the invasion of the country home of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, one year ago on Friday.

Since that invasion by Nigerian soldiers during their Operation Python Dance 2, Mr Kanu and his parents have not been seen.

The new Commissioner of Police in the Ebonyi State, Musa Kimo, had urged residents to go about their normal businesses. He also held a series of meetings with businesses where he assured them of adequate security.

It was business as usual in the state capital, Abakaliki, on Friday as residents went about their normal daily business activities.

Shops, motor parks, banks and other major businesses remained open in the city from 8 a.m. in disobedience of the order by the pro- Biafran group.

The Abakpa main market, the mechanic village and other markets in the city were open as traders ran their business.

However, transporters had no buses going to Onitsha or Aba in Anambra and Abia states respectively.

Joint security teams patrolled the streets of the city with some others on standby at strategic points.

A resident, who spoke to our reporter, Geoffrey Igboke, said he did not observe the exercise because he did not see the need for it.

Enugu- Business as usual

The sit at home order was also a total failure in Enugu.

Business and social activities were in top gear. All offices and banks were open for business.

Streets of Abakpa-Nike, Enugu metropolis were beehive of activities with commercial and private vehicles heading to different destinations.

Petty traders and hawkers also took their strategic positions on the the streets to sell their wares, while newspaper vending stalls were crowded with young men who made arguments over the compliance with the IPOB directive.

Mass transit parks were equally busy loading passengers to different destinations such as Nsukka and Abakaliki. In the hinterlands such as in Ugwogo community, the usual village settings remained even as police check points were also maintained along Ugwogo-Nsukka road.

Some shops were however closed in Enugu metropolis but banks were opened attending to customers. Meanwhile, soldiers were seen at alert as they mounted fresh road blocks in exercise of Operation Python Dance 3.

Police vans also patrolled the major streets in the state apparently to deter anyone from fomenting trouble

A generator repairer at the New Layout, Enugu who simply gave his name as Okwudili ‎said “why I will not obey the order is that I have my children to feed and IPOB will not place any food on my table. ”

Anambra- Total compliance in Onitsha, partial in Awka, Nnewi

In Onitsha, it was total shutdown as usual in the commercial city as banks, schools, motor parks, filling stations and other businesses were shutdown.

The popular, Onitsha Main Market, River Niger bridge (both Onitsha and Asaba ends) and other markets in the city were also shutdown.

Popular roads like Awka Road and Upper Iweka Road were on total lock down as there were no means of transportation to serve the few prospective passengers.

Schools, both private and public, remained closed.

A filling station operator, Johnson Okpala, who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES on phone said filling stations may open in the evening to enable transporters take people home for the weekend.

But PREMIUM TIMES learnt that most people stayed at home for fear of the unknown.

However, the situation was partially different in Awka and Nnewi from what obtained in Onitsha.

In Awka, banks were shut, and customers resorted to Automated Teller Machine services; so were some schools, mainly because of the fear of the unknown.

The state secretariat also witnessed skeletal service as many workers abstained from work. Those of them who went to work did so well after 9 a.m. when they were sure of their safety.

Also, Awka main market, Eke Awka, was open but majority of shop owners stayed away.

Along the streets, however, businesses and shops were opened.

There was similar experience in Nnewi, the state’s industrial hob. The main Nkwo Nnewi market was open but majority of shop owners stayed away.

Also, some banks opened their branches for business with their security personnel keeping watch on the environment.

In all the areas monitored, security personnel monitored the situation. They were stationed at street corners while joint security personnel drove round the cities with blaring sirens.

There has been no incident as at the time of publishing this report.

Abia- Aba shutdown, Umuahia records partial compliance

In Abia State, it was partial complaince in Umuahia, the state capital, while the commercial city of Aba recorded total compliance.

While markets and banks were opened in Umuahia, PREMIUM TIMES learnt that schools remained shut as school children stayed at home playing.

But in Aba, there was a total shutdown of commercial activities in the city, a main stronghold of IPOB.

The popular Ariaria Main Market and other markets were on shutdown with only security officers seen around the area to ensure that hoodlums did not capitalise on the situation to loot shops.

Even tricycle operators who were in operation in other cities monitored also joined in the sit-at-home in Aba.

They were seen discussing in groups at some of their parking terminals instead of going out to look for passengers.

The city looked like a ghost of its self.

The situation made it difficult for commuters to get to their destinations. Some who came out were forced to go back to their houses after waiting for hours without getting any means of transport to their destinations.

Imo- Sit-at-home collapses at noon

In Owerri, the Imo state capital, there was partial compliance as most people stayed away from the markets and shops in the morning.

Banks opened but had few customers to attend to up until 12 p.m. when people noticed that others who opened for business were not attacked or molested by IPOB members.

This forced them to leave their houses and open their businesses.

Security was tight in the city especially around government offices and banks.

Some of the schools opened while others remained shut.

There was low turn out of students in the schools that opened as parents kept their children at home for fear of the unknown.

At the time of filing the report, commercial activities have started picking up in the city.


Yahaya Bello’s aide, two others assassinated in Kogi



Gunmen attack Akwa Ibom governor's former aide


The custodian of Aneku Okuku masquerade, Mr. Yusuf Adabenege, in Okene town, Kogi State has been assassinated by unidentified gunmen.

Adabenege was reportedly killed alongside two of his aides while driving on Obehira-ege road in Okene.

Adabenege was at the forefront of drumming support for the reelection bid of the state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, and also the custodian of Aneku Okuku Cementi masquerade of Obehira.

He was also a Personal Assistant to the Governor on Domestic Matters until his death.

It was learnt that late Adabenege was ambushed at the front of Living Faith Church, Okuha Anatahu Okene Obehira road around 6:40pm on Friday when a hand grenade was thrown at his convoy forcing the vehicle to stop abruptly.

He was said to have been dragged down from the vehicle and killed using a hand grenade that hit him on the head.

The gunmen also fired at his vehicle which resulted in the death of his driver identified as Musa immediately.

Following his death, security operatives were drafted in to man strategic positions around the city.

The state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, who addressed the people of Ebiraland on Saturday morning on TAO FM  mourned the death of Adabenege.

He condoled with the people of Ebira, vowing that he would work with the security agencies to bring the perpetrators to book.


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Barack Obama presents Flowers to wife, Michelle as he visits her book talk




Michelle Obama got a surprise appearance at her book talk in Washington D.C. on Saturday night when her husband, former President Barack Obama came out with a bouquet of flowers.

The crowd went wild when Obama, dressed casually in a jacket with no tie, walked out with pink roses for his wife.

‘You won’t get this at every show,’ Michelle Obama told the cheering crowd at the packed Capital One Arena.

‘This is like when Jay Z comes out,’ the former president joked, comparing himself to when the rapper came out during wife Beyonce’s music tours.

The former president who came out the tale end of his wife’s 90 minute talk, discussed how the couple met at the Chicago law firm of Sidney & Austin, where she was his mentor.

‘She’s really tall and most of it is legs,’ he said of his first impression of her.

His wife chided him: ‘Children are here.’

The former president then kept his story kid-friendly. ‘She was much cuter than I expected and very tall,’ he said.

He recalled she didn’t want to date him because they worked together so he offered to quit his job.

‘So basically I wore her down,’ he said.

Daily Mail


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SAD: Early Morning Inferno Kill 5 People In Kebbi



Three children of same parents, their mother and another child have been burnt to death in an early morning inferno on Friday in Argungu Local Government Area of Kebbi State.

The incident, which has thrown residents of the area into mourning, also partially razed the victims bungalow.

The Chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Alhaji Sani Dododo, who was at the scene, told the man of the family, was not at home when the incident happened.

“The incident happened around 1a.m on Friday, in the house of a West African Cotton Company Limited (WACCOT) staff, Malam Umar Argungu, who was on duty on that day.

“His wife was in the house with her three children: two daughters and a boy as well as a neighbour’s daugther who was keeping them company because the husband was away,” he said.

Dododo said the incident was caused by an electric heater which unattended to in the house.

“The woman had forgotten the heater and it kept on heating till all the water had finished.

“The house caught fire, which resulted in the death of the woman, her three children and the neighbour’s daughter,” he said.

He warned residents of the state to always switch off electricity in their home before sleeping in the night, especially during the harmattan season.

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