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Total lockdown in Onitsha, Nnewi as Kanu’s Trial Begins

By Odira Nwachukwu July 26, 2021

Newwavereporters have gathered that various markets and shops in Nnewi and Onitsha, in Anambra State are under lock and key.

According to residents, all the major roads and streets linking in and out of the commercial city of Onitsha and the industrial town of Nnewi are deserted.

This is in compliance to a broadcast by Mazi Simon Ekpa late Sunday night of July 25, 2021, in the said broadcast Ekpa called on all the residents of the South-East, and all who are sympathetic to the course of IPOB throughout the country to stay at home in honour of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who is being arraigned in Abuja today being July 26, 2021.

Sources in Onitsha and Nnewi said, everywhere is calm with a few police vehicles seen patrolling the major roads.

Recall that Nnamdi Kanu is expected to be in court today being Monday, July 26, for commencement of trial after he fled the country three years ago shortly after the Nigerian army invaded his native house at Isiama-Afara in Umuahia, Abia State.


The IPOB leader was rearrested in Kenya in June and extradited to Nigeria to face trial.

Newwavereporters revealed that shops, markets and offices were locked in Onitsha, while streets were deserted.

A trader in Onitsha Main Market, Mr Lizinus Eze, said, “We heard it yesterday as a rumour that there will not be market today, but this morning we found out that people were making bonfire everywhere in the city. Nobody has spoken to us about what is happening, but we learnt that it is IPOB that is trying to force people to stay at home in solidarity with Nnamdi Kanu who is appearing in court today.”

In Awka, the capital city of Anambra State, commercial activities were going on without hitches.

Police Public Relations Officer for Anambra State Police Command, DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, was not available for reaction as at the time of filing this report.

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