Biafra Day: Businesses, Schools Shut In Anambra

Businesses, including markets, schools, banks, and motor parks in Awka, the Anambra State capital, were shuttered on Thursday as residents observed the Biafra remembrance day announced by the outlawed secessionist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

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The usually bustling Enugu-Onitsha Expressway was devoid of human and vehicular movements, with popular motor parks around the city also deserted. Sources from neighboring cities of Onitsha and Nnewi reported a similar situation, with residents largely remaining indoors.

The police in Anambra State have confirmed apprehending one person who was part of a group enforcing the sit-at-home order. In a press release, the police spokesperson, SP Tochukwu Ikenga, stated that the command was aware of the secessionist activities and urged law-abiding citizens to disregard any propaganda.

According to the police, a gang of four armed men operating on motorbikes was intercepted, leading to the arrest of one miscreant, while the other three managed to escape, sustaining bullet injuries in the process. The police recovered a locally made Barreta pistol, four expended cartridges, two phones, and other incriminating evidence.

The police have assured the public that they, along with other security agencies, have mobilized law enforcement resources to ensure the safety and security of every citizen in the state. They have also circulated hotlines for residents to reach out to the police in case of any violence in their area.

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