Traders in Ebonyi who comply with the Monday’s sit-at-home order by IPOB would forfeit their shops, state governor David Umahi warned in a state-wide broadcast on Saturday.
Gov Umahi was reacting to the order by the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) to the people of South-East zone.
He directed that all markets in the state should open for business on Monday.
The governor said: “There should be free movement of people in the state on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and other days of the year.“
People should go to church on Sunday to pray for the nation’s fallen security agents, civilians and peace and unity of the state and country.
“I challenge the youths, local government area chairmen, security agents, Ebebeagu security outfit, among others, to ensure that no one is molested in the state.“
Anyone who has nothing to protect himself should do so with cutlass, which should be for protection and not for attack.”
He said that all forms of procession had been banned in the state except those by youths organised by council chairmen.