MASSOB: Partial success on June 8 sit-at-home order


The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) mandated a sit at home order on Saturday, 8th day of June, 2013 to pray and fast for liberation and emancipation of Ndigbo.

The aim of the reflection was to mourn Igbo killed in Northern States by the Boko Haram Islamist group. The varied towns and states of the south east observed the order in their own ways.

In Anambra commercial city of Onitsha  there was clash a between the security agents and MASSOB members, which left no fewer than two people dead and several others injured.

In Onitsha, Awka, Nnewi and other towns in the state many people stayed at home for varied reasons. Some remained at home out of fear and few as a show of solidarity.

There was also partial observance in Imo and Ebonyi states, while Abia and Enugu residents totally ignored the solidarity plea. Most of the shops and kiosks located along the streets in many towns of Anambra remained closed in the morning hours.

The Onitsha main market, Ochanja central, Relief market in Ogbaru, the building materials Market in Ogidi, the new and old spare parts Market in Nkpor, the Nkpor Main Market, the Mgbuka Obosi Old Mtor Spare Parts Market were not open for business.

Most streets were deserted, although movement was free as transporters were doing their business unmolested, though highway movement seemed less.

There was heavy presence of the army, the police and the men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on the streets of Onitsha to ensure the security of lives and property.

In Oba, Idemili south Council Area of the State, a police patrol vehicle was allegedly set on fire by the angry mob suspected to be members of MASSOB, while in Otuocha in Anambra East Council Area, it was gathered that the angry youths attacked soldiers on patrol and burnt their vehicle.         












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