The Abia State Government has dismissed the sit-at-home order by the Proscribed group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), thereby urging parents to release their children to write their English Language WASSCE examination scheduled nationwide for Monday and Tuesday.
This was contained in a statement by the Commissioner for Information in the state, John Kalu, on Sunday.
The state government described the order as illegal and one meant to cause chaos in the South-east state.
“It is unacceptable to allow any individual or group to instill fear in our people to the extent of negatively impacting the education of our innocent school children.
“While we do not begrudge any citizen the right to sit at home or go about their normal duties, as long as it does not infringe on the rights of others, we cannot afford to sit idly and watch the future of our children jeopardised and the economic well-being of our people further wrecked over a matter we believe can be resolved judicially or through political negotiations,” Kalu said.
It also asked leaders of market and transport unions to ensure that markets are open and transport vehicles deployed for regular activities in the state.
“Any market that is closed or transport union that fails to operate will be closed and disbanded respectively by government till further notice.
“As a responsible government, we will continue to explore all avenues to ensure peaceful resolution of the issues that have led to the agitations by the concerned non state actors but we will not shirk our responsibility to the majority of our people who are also suffering silently out of no fault of theirs.
“All security agencies in the state are hereby directed to fully deploy at all flash points on Monday and going forward as well as maintain regular patrols to ensure the safety and protection of law abiding citizens and visitors from any form of molestation,” the statement added.
IPOB, which have been agitating for an independent republic- Biafra, ordered the sit-at-home for every Monday, so as to put pressure on the federal government over the detained IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who is standing trial for treason in Abuja.