Residents in Ebonyi State have been ordered by a gang of gunmen to observe sit-at-home ahead of President Muhammadu Buhari’s planned visit to Ebonyi state on Thursday, May 5. A source revealed that the gunmen have taken over some towns in Abia, Imo, and Anambra, threatening to deal with anyone caught disobeying the order.
The source said: “Gunmen were seen shooting in some streets of Aba in Abia and in Imo and Anambra announcing to residents that there will be sit-at-home on Thursday and Friday when President Buhari is to visit Ebonyi state, and that they must observe it throughout the southeast.”
It was gathered that the gunmen are requesting from President Buhari the release of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, from DSS custody. Meanwhile, the president has arrived at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu enroute Ebonyi for a two-day working visit. Buhari was received by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu and his Ebonyi counterpart, David Umahi alongside other government officials. The president is expected to commission a lot of projects executed by the Umahi-led government.