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BREAKING: Umahi makes U-turn approves Sit-At-Home in Ebonyi State on 31 May
Breath of relief finally arrived following threat and counter-threats between the Ebonyi State government and leadership of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Biafrans Heroes Day site at-home order.
In what appears to be a victory for IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu, David Umahi has withdrawn an order to seize shops of residents of Ebonyi that would not open on Monday.
He had earlier instructed shop owners to consider forfeiting their shops and content to government failure to resume on Monday aa against the order given by IPOB leader, Kanu.
He directed them to arm themselves with a machete and step out while security agents ensure safety within the state.
However, Kanu during the evening broadcast yesterday cautioned business operators insisting they stay back than risking their lives for a day off-trade.
Recall every 30th has been set outside to mourn and remember victims of the Biafra civil war, including those slain before and after three years of warfare.
Providing a solace on Sunday in an announcement via Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Governor, Francis Nwaze noting the government is considering numerous requests from residents and families to withdraw the order.
Umahi urged everyone, mainly shop occupants in the state to usher prayer to their loved ones murdered during the war.
He restated commitment to protecting residents and Eboyians, adding it is the right of the people to choose when to stay at home or go about their legitimate business.
Partly read “Following the foregoing, the Governor, Engr. David Nweze Umahi, FNSE, FNATE who is highly in touch with the people has directed that those who may wish to remain at home with their shop(s) locked should neither be penalized, nor their shop(s) seized as it is their constitutional right while the rights of those who may wish to go about their normal businesses should not be infringed upon as it is equally their constitutional right.
He, therefore, warns on “the ban of any procession and gathering of any kind throughout the state.” Directed security personnel to provide adequate safety to maintain law and order in the state.