Stampede in Owerri in response to IPOB enforcement order
On Monday, Owerri, the capital of Imo State, erupted in protest over the alleged disobedience of the sit-at-home order by the Indigenous People of Biafra.
The ensuing chaos, which caught people off guard about 10 a.m., forced the closure of markets, businesses, schools, banks, hotels, and other institutions.
Vehicles, commercial motorcyclists, and barrow pushers, as expected, rapidly vanished from the highways and streets, as did roadside vendors.
Despite considerable security put in place by the school’s administration, terrified parents and guardians raced to schools to rescue their children and wards.
Our journalist, who has been monitoring the situation, notes the presence of troops and other security personnel stationed around the roadways.
Apart from the purported IPOB link, there were complaints made by certain persons against some overzealous officers of the state environmental transformation commission at the time of publishing this report.
According to this school of thinking, the commission aggressively dismantled several structures on the Onitsha road, the World Bank, and the Control Post, which did not sit well with the owners of the razed facilities.
The ensuing fight led in a rush, which extended to other sections of the city, causing uncertainty and anxiety.
Ignorantly, because the event occurred on Monday, the general public mistook it for the work of IPOB in defiance of the regular Monday sit-at-home order.
When The PRESS called the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Chief Declan Emelumba, for comment, he did not answer. However, the Police Public Relations Officer, Michael Abattajm, blamed it on mere rumour and delusion by individuals seeking to cause chaos in the state by screaming wolf when none existed.
Abattam, a Chief Superintendent of Police, encouraged the public not to worry and to go about their daily lives as usual.
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