IPOB order: Nigeria flags disappear in S/East cities

By AdvocateNews on 01/10/2021

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Nigeria flags hoisted in banks and other public institutions in parts of the South East Nigeria were pulled down on Friday 
in obedience to the order of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Reports from South East States of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo said Nigeria flags were absent in public and private buildings throughout Friday as most residents deserted the streets for fear of being attacked by those enforcing the sit-at-home ordered by IPOB.

The Advocate learnt that some youths enforcing the sit-at-home at Eke-Obinagu, Emene on Enugu - Abakaliki Highway had earlier in the day attempted to vandalize  two trucks including one conveying Dangote cement and another conveying cattle from the northern part of the country.
According to a top security source, the Dangote truck and  the trailer fully loaded with cattle reportedly broke down due to mechanical faults in the early hours of Friday.
Owners of the luggage were said to have contacted the police for protection and evacuation to avoid being caught by enforcers of the lockdown. Our men quickly mobilized to the scene and secured the two vehicles from being vandalized before the luggage's were evacuated," the security officer told The Advicate. 
The pro-Biafra group had earlier in the week, in a statement signed by its media and publicity secretary, Emma Powerful ordered that as from October I, Nigeria flags would no longer be allowed to flag in any public building in the South East, warning of dare consequences in contravention of the order.
The statement specifically warned banks to remove theirs by themselves, failure which the IPOB would be forced to remove them in “our own way”.
In obedience to the order, it was learnt that banks in the zone did not only remove Nigeria flags, but any other flags hoisted within their premises.

In Umuahia the state capital, reports said flags hoisted on banks on Bank Road, Umuwaya and other places had disappeared by the time.
Our sources said the situation was the same in most cities of the region but none of the financial and public institutions hoisted Biafra flags as directed by IPOB. 
Banks in the city were said to have removed Nigeria flags hoisted on their buildings to avoid the wrath of IPOB which had promised to remove the flags their own way if the banks refused.
Similarly, the sit-at-home ordered by the group was said to have recorded total compliance in the region. 

The streets of Onitsha, Awka, Aba, Umuahia, Owerri, Enugu and Abakaliki were deserted, as there were no human or vehicular movements.

Banks and schools were shut as the federal government had declared Friday public holiday in commemoration of the country’s 61st Independence anniversary. Markets and shopping Centres which normally open for business on days like this, were all closed out of the fear of the unknown.

Posted 01/10/2021 4:44:20 PM


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