Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano led a protest on Monday against the continued sit-at-home order by the People of Biafra
Although IPOB later suspended the order, residents remained at home every Monday, apparently out of fear of possible hooligan attacks.
On Monday, the state government moved to several streets in Awka, the state capital, to force the return of business to the state.
The governor, who led the board of directors during the protests, visited banks and markets in the state capital.
At the Eke Awka market, the governor asked retailers to open their stores.
He said: “The state must avoid giving urchins the chance to take over the helm of affairs. I chose to lead from the front to end this fear of molestation, harassment, intimidation.”
As a result of the governor’s action, socio-economic activities began to be encouraged around 1pm , including transportation, banking and market activities.
Obiano on Sunday threatened to seal the bank and punish market leaders and car fleets who dared to stay home on Mondays or any day as Biafras announced.
He directed state banks, markets and motor parks to operate smoothly on Monday.
He said that compliance with the conditions to sit at home was detrimental to the country’s gross domestic product and the economy as a whole, noting that banks that were not open on such days would be sealed for a week and they would be permanently closed if they don’t open subsequently.
Speaking to the transport leaders at the governor’s lodge in Amawbia, Obiano said on Sunday: “I urged the commuters to feel free to ply their usual routes across the state on Monday, whether they ride or drive motorcycles, keke, shuttle, buses.”
“If markets don’t open, I will sack the leadership of the market. If the market and park leaders don’t comply, their leadership will be changed within two weeks.”