The sit-at-home order by the Indigenous People of Biafra to protest the detention of her leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu by the Federal Government recorded partial success in the heartland city of Owerri, the Imo State capital on Monday.
In Owerri municipal, though commercial vehicles moved on the roads, the streets were somehow deserted. Only a few shops were opened. Commercial Banks refused to operate for services.
The majority of Imo Workers obeyed the sit-at-home order said to have been issued by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Monday, 9th of August, 2021.
According to our correspondent who moved around city, civil servants at the state secretariat in Owerri partially ignored the order and directives from the state government that instructed them to go to work on Monday.
As of 10 am on Monday, our reporter who was at the state secretariat and other state government establishment observed that offices were not opened except for a few, indicating that the workers dared governor Uzodinma, on sanctioning absentee civil servants.
The government last Friday gave a directive that any worker who refused to come to work on Monday, 9th of August, 2021 will be punished for insubordination and disobedience.
We observed that only a few staff were seen at the old Imo State House of Assembly complex in Owerri.
The old state secretariat, Orlu road was also deserted at the time of filing this report.
At the headquarters of the 27 local government areas, the report revealed that a good number of workers did not come to work.
Few of the senior civil servants that spoke to our reporter on the condition of anonymity disclosed that workers could not go to work because of fear. Moreover, there were no vehicles to take them to their places of work.
“We can’t risk our lives because of government work,” a worker said.