Occupants of Imo State today remained inside in compliance with the sit-at-home order by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) following the continued trial of the detained leader of freedom fighting organization IPOB by a Federal High Court, Abuja.
This is even as President Muhammadu Buhari is on a one-day working visit to the state, during which he is supposed to commission 3 signature projects executed by Governor Hope Uzodimma’s administration.
The projects are the 48klm Owerri/Orlu street, the 35klm phase face of the Owerri/Okigwe road, and the renovated ultra-modern state House of Assembly complex.
The President whose Presidential jet touched down at the Sam Mbakwe International Air Port at precisely 10.46 was relieved by Governor Hope Uzodimma, his Deputy Prof. Placide Njoku, members of the state executive council, and those of the state House of Assembly, traditional rulers, heads of security agencies in the state as well as women and youth leaders.
The President shortly on arrival reviewed a guard of honor mounted by a detachment of the Soldiers of 34 Artilar Brigade, while some cultural troops entertained him.
Expectedly the sit-at-home order constrained vehicles, tricycles, and bikes, off the streets similarly to business sectors, shops, filling stations, artisans, and eatery joints all went on holiday giving the state a picture of a deserted settlement.
The whole roads and streets in Owerri and its environs were totally abandoned with schools, motor parks, hotels, and the State Secretariat under lock and key.