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REVEALED: Intelligence Report shows category of Workers ‘Mostly Affected’ By IPOB’s Sit-at-home order In South-East Nigeria

by Nwani Chisom
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Oyogist has learned that a recent intelligence report by SB Morgen has showed that major residents of South-East adhere to the sit-at-home order of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) over fear of attacks while others do so for sympathy.

The report, however, said it is unclear whether the level of compliance is a reflection of the group’s acceptability.The interview ranges across five states in the south eastern region as 1,012 residents were interviewed.

The survey also found that 464 respondents were more supportive of the sit-at-home action, 312 respondents were less supportive, while 233 respondents maintained a neutral position.

The report read thus;”The responses showed a split population, with 464 respondents more supportive of the sit-at-home action, and 312 less supportive. 233 (23%) were lukewarm towards it. At the extreme ends of the spectrum, 29% are in full support, while 25% are not in support. Interestingly, five respondents opted not to answer this question at all, and all five refused to be drawn on an answer,”

“The effectiveness of the sit-at-home order in the various states might be as a result of the use of force by IPOB in enforcing it, particularly in Imo State which saw an increase in violence in the months leading up to the sit-at-home order.

Although IPOB has refused to take responsibility for any of the attacks on police stations, paramilitary agencies and individuals including the murder of former presidential aide Ahmed Gulak, the government has continued to blame the attacks on them.

“IPOB’s popularity in the south-east has been the subject of debate, as some believe that the group’s resort to violent tactics is serving to increasingly alienate them from people in the region. Even the group itself is no longer speaking with a single voice as evidenced by the fact that despite Emma Powerful’s statement ending the sit-at-home on 14 August, almost a month later, some people are still violently enforcing it.

“In March, an SBM report showed that there are various factions within the group. This is in addition to several other groups such as the Biafra Zionist Movement who have divergent approaches towards the same goal of establishing a separate and sovereign country called Biafra.

“Analysts resident in the region have told us that compliance should be seen as a combination of factors, most of which are public sympathy for the secessionist cause, consideration of personal safety and security in response to violent clashes between IPOB and security agents, as well as the group’s resort to brutality as a means of enforcement. They also believe that these factors at best contributed in no small measure to the ‘success’ of the sit-at-home order.

”It also said, “Ebonyi State was most affected economically by the protest with as many as 84% of the respondents admitting so, followed by 74.42% of respondents in Enugu State. Anambra and Imo were tied at 55% of respondents’ economic activities being affected by the protest, while Abia State had the least disruption to economic activity with only 42% of respondents affected by the protest.

Major Transporters (73.3%), those in the hospitality industry (71.4%), self-employed persons (73.9%), artisans (62.1%), blue-collar formal sector workers (64.5%), students (47.6%), and white-collar formal sector workers (49.53%) note that the sit-at-home protest of the 9 August 2021 had a serious effect on their productivity/ economic activities.”

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