In a statement signed by the Commissioner or Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, the government said it cannot afford to sit idly and watch the future of students and economic well-being jeopardized over the lingering sit-at-home illegally enforced by a group of hoodlums hiding under the identity of agitators in the southeast region to cause chaos in the State.
The statement directed security agencies in the state to deploy at all flash points on Monday and maintain regular patrols to ensure the safety and protection of law-abiding citizens and visitors.
The roads were deserted as banks, eateries, filling stations and other business centres were shut. Though government offices were open following the announcement by the state government for civil servants to come to work.
The ubiquitous motor parks across the state were shut as only a few union officials were sighted.
Even with the directive to the police and other security agents to man flashpoints and patrol the roads, there was none in sight as the police restricted themselves to their stations.
A trader in Umuahia , told Pointblanknews.com that they are afraid to open their shops because of fear of attack by hoodlums, stressing that they could not rely or trust the directive of the state government to the Police to provide security.
However, most residents of the state lamented that they are tired of the sit at home and urged the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to devise another strategy to reduce hardship on the people.