The sit-at-home order in Anambra State recorded improved activities in both human and vehicular movements on Monday. However, banks, markets, courts, schools, filling stations, among others remained shut.
Amid rainfall in major cities of the state, including Awka, residents were seen on the roads and areas, which used to be ghost towns on previous Mondays.
The governor of the state, Charles Soludo who recently said his last 100 days in office have been “bumpy” and challenging due to the rising ‘insecurity and red treasury’ he inherited from his predecessor, Willie Obiano, had vowed to end the Monday sit-at-home order declared by outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra.
A resident, who identified himself as Chike and spoke with the PUNCH said, “The thing is that criminals wanted to take over the state but the current onslaught to checkmate them by the state government is a welcome development.
“The phone numbers issued to residents of the state to report suspected criminals have been helping tremendously and there are other security steps being taken that may not be disclosed to the public but even the governor has said it that they (criminals) are being picked on daily basis.”
Also, a vulcanizer at Nkwo Nnewi triangle axis, identified as Peter said, “Today, unlike the previous ones, we have not run away as usual. The unknown gunmen normally attacked people within this vicinity. So I don’t know the magic why we have not run away today.
“Our kids don’t go to school on Mondays anymore, when they grow up, they will never forget that there was a time they didn’t go to school on Mondays because of agitation for the independence of a Biafran state. May God help us.”