Anambra, Ebonyi govts threaten staff, residents over IPOB order

The Anambra Government said it would sanction staff of the civil service who failed to report to office on May 30 in compliance with the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) sit-at-home order.

The directive for workers to return to work after May 29 Democracy Day celebration was given in a circular from the office of Mr Harry Uduh, Head of Service in the state.

The government asked permanent secretaries and heads of departments and agencies to monitor the situation and report accordingly.

Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment in Anambra, C-Don Adinuba, said the state government had not declared public holiday on May 30.

Adinuba, in a statement, therefore called on public servants therefore, to return to work.

Also, traders in Ebonyi who observe the sit-at-home order by IPOB on May 30 will permanently forfeit their shops, Gov. David Umahi said on Tuesday.

Umahi, who made the declaration in Abakaliki in an address to the 2018 democracy day celebration, said such an order would not be observed in the state.

He said the state was terribly marginalised during its days in the old Anambra, Enugu and Abia and was now making efforts to “find its feet”.

“We do not need distractions or second colonisation as we continue to believe in God to change our narrative with no man born of a woman setting us back.

Any trader that closes shop on the day will forfeit it forever and any protest will be decisively dealt with, he said.

“Ebonyi indigenes should go about their businesses peacefully and safely and if the South-East governors say we don’t want IPOB activities, it does not mean that we are happy with the zone’s marginalisation in the country,” he said.

The governor noted that the manner in which IPOB was pursuing its course was not right as the Ohaneze Ndigbo took the right action in the comity of Ibo sons and daughters.

“We call on the Federal Government to look into the plight of south-east and address the issue of marginalisation because we believe in one Nigeria that would enshrine justice and fairness.

Sen. Pius Anyim, a former Senate President and the event’s Chairman, congratulated Ebonyi people and Nigerians on the occasion.

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