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Governor Charles Soludo of Anambra state has firmly declared that the state and its residents would not abide by any unauthorized sit-at-home instructions.
Soludo’s statement came as a direct result of the state government’s directive, instructing residents to no longer adhere to sit-at-home orders from unauthorized individuals or groups within the state.
The directive was announced in a statement issued on Thursday by Mr Christian Aburime, the Press Secretary to the governor.
The statement cited a recent sit-at-home order issued by Simon Ekpa as the reason behind the decision.
The state government categorically labelled the order as illegal and called upon residents not to adhere to directives issued by non-state actors, emphasizing that they should not blame themselves for any compliance.
The announcement reads in part, ‘Such directives should be completely ignored by the citizens of Anambra and, by extension, the entire South East.’
‘As for the imposition of sit-at-home orders by unauthorised individuals or groups, this is a clear violation of the law.’
‘Anambra State will never observe any sit-at-home order. Our markets, schools, businesses, and other social activities will remain open.’
‘Anambra State will never be a breeding ground for anarchy, fear, or lawlessness.’
Roughly a week ago, a faction of the Independent People Of Biafra (IPOB), purportedly led by Finland-based Simon Ekpa, declared a one-week sit-at-home directive as a demonstration of solidarity for Nnamdi Kanu, who was being held by the Department of State Services (DSS).
Moreover, there are ongoing rumours regarding an extended two-week sit-at-home order allegedly issued by the same group. Alarming videos circulating on the internet exhibit masked members of the group firing at individuals who dared to violate the order, while also engaging in acts of property destruction.
However, there is a level of scepticism among members of the public regarding the security measures in place by the government to confront potential acts of violence, should the miscreants decide to go that route.