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Tension in Enugu as hoodlums take over major streets to enforce IPOB’s suspended sit-at-home

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The renewed activities of hoodlums enforcing the sit-at-home order has once again crippled activities in and around Enugu State capital.

Sit-at-home enforcers have also been reported to have extended their activities to the Enugu end of the Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway, burning cars and shooting sporadically.

The exercise which had hitherto crumbled Economic activities in the South East suddenly resurfaced Monday January 10 with shooting and burning in the Coal City.

The Indegenous People of Biafra, IPOB had long cancelled the Monday sit-at-home before the Anambra General election.

IPOB is yet to issue a statement on the latest development and the resurgence of a detrimental order that was almost forgotten.

Thr latest development caused palpable tension in Enugu on Monday morning following a stampede at Old Park, Okpara Avenue axis of the state.

Although the cause of the stampede was yet to be established, people were said to be running helter-skelter following a report that some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra came to enforce the earlier suspended Monday sit-at-home at commercial areas of the state.

Sources told our correspondent that many motorists and traders at the Ogbete Main Market were seriously injured following the stampede, which they said erupted at Old Park around 9:00 am while several vehicles were damaged as a result of the log jam the incident created.

A senior police officer who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity said that security had been beefed up around the Enugu maximum correctional centre located at Old Park axis to ensure that there was no attack on the facility.

He said, “Our men have been deployed to strategic locations around the Maximum Correctional Centre at the Old Park and other government institutions within the state capital.

“This morning we received a report of stampede around Old Park, Okpara Avenue, Ogbete Main Market and Coal Camp areas that members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra were enforcing Monday sit-at-home order which had earlier been suspended by the same group around September 2021.”

Findings reveal that the pandemonium at the Old park was sparked off by reports of shooting in other parts of the state where there were shooting and burning of vehicles.

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