Two journalists were attacked by hoodlums who were allegedly enforcing the Indigenous People of Biafra-IPOB sit-at-home order in Anambra State’s Ihiala area.
Chijioke Nwamkpa, a Vanguard photojournalist based in Rivers State, and Chris Imbufe, a Peoples FM reporter in Bayelsa State, were on their way back to their bases when they were ambushed.
Nwamkpa stated that they were approached by a group of about 11 hoodlums at a checkpoint in Ihiala.
He claimed they were on their way back from Aguata Local Government Area, where they had been on election duty when they were stopped by armed men wearing police bulletproof vests.
“When we got to the checkpoint with the woods and the speed bump and slowed down, some young guys wearing police bulletproof jackets ordered us to stop,” he explained.
“At first, we thought they were cops and had to pull over, expecting the usual banter, but that was not the case.”
Suddenly, others emerged from the woods, all armed with guns and charms tied to their heads.
One of them was ranting about us, asking why we weren’t supporting Biafra and why we were on the road instead of sitting at home.
“As soon as I told them that we thought the sit-in had been cancelled, they began slapping and beating us with sticks on all parts of our bodies.” One of them drew his gun and told us to sit on the floor.”
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Nwamkpa stated that they did not lose any valuables.
“I believe their main concern was simply to enforce the sit-at-home order; otherwise, they would have carted away our laptops, phones, cameras, and other valuables,” he added.
Shop owners, private schools, and other establishments opened for business in Umuahia, the capital of Abia State.
However, in Aba, the commercial center, government offices, markets, schools, banks, and petrol stations remained closed.
Schools were open in Abakaliki, the state capital, in Ebonyi State.
International markets and shops, as well as banks, have also opened for business.
Courts opened at the Judiciary Headquarters in Abakaliki, and civil servants reported for duty.
In the state capital, major eateries, restaurants, and shopping malls have also opened for business.
However, transportation companies did not provide service to states such as Enugu, Imo, and Anambra.
Normalcy has returned to Imo. Workers were on duty at the state secretariat on the Owerri-Port Harcourt road.
Unlike last Monday, when major markets in Owerri metropolis were closed, major markets in Owerri metropolis resumed trading activities.
Some traders were spotted at Owerri’s Ekeukwu market.
Residents in Enugu went about their daily lives, but some shops did not open until around 3pm Afia Nine, Mayor Market, and a few other markets were open. However, schools, banks, and shopping malls were closed, and those that reopened had no customers.