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The Enugu State Government revealed on Thursday that a significant number of individuals involved in enforcing the sit-at-home order have been apprehended.
Professor Chidiebere Onyia, the Secretary to the State Government, issued a statement on behalf of the Enugu State Government, confirming the arrest of individuals involved in enforcing the sit-at-home order.
‘The Enugu State Government wishes to remind citizens and residents of the state that work, business, schooling and other legitimate endeavours will continue tomorrow Friday, July 7, 2023.’
‘The government directs offices, schools, business premises, and markets, including Ogbete Main Market, among others, to open for business. Failure to comply with this directive will be deemed as willful undermining of government’s policy and efforts to restore full working days, productivity, and entrepreneurship in the state, and will as such be met with appropriate sanctions.’
‘Government urges members of the public to disregard any scaremongers and go about their businesses, as security measures are fully in place to continue to enforce law and order and safeguard lives and property.’
‘It is noteworthy that many enemies of Enugu State and Igbo land, the hoodlums, anarchists, and criminal elements, who hide under freedom agitation to perpetrate destruction, violent crimes, as well as those who engage in scaremongering through fake videos and images, have been tracked down, apprehended and are being brought to book.’
‘We are winning the war and therefore call on Ndi Enugu to volunteer information to the authorities on any suspicious person and movement as well as those who use the social media to spread rumors and instigate panic among the members of the public.’
In videos circulating online, masked gunmen who claimed to be affiliated to the group fired shots in a deserted marketplace – a location they indicate to be in Ebonyi State.
These actions came amidst contradictory reports regarding a one-week Sit-at-home directive issued by a faction of IPOB led by Simon Ekpa in Finland, a claim refuted by the known IPOB group.