The sit-at-home protest summoned by the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and Movement for Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) paralyzed social and economic activities in the South-East zone on Tuesday.
The pro-Biafra groups had summoned the protest to commemorate the 50 years anniversary of Biafra declaration by Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu.
Across the five states of the South-East yesterday, it was largely observed by residents most of whom stayed at home as directed by IPOB and MASSOB.
Although security agencies directed people to go about their lawful businesses, the sit-at-home protest recorded near total compliance in Enugu, Onitsha, Aba, Nnewi, Awka, Nsukka and other parts of the South-East zone.
In Enugu, there was low tempo of activities that it appeared as if yesterday was public holidays.
The major markets in the city, shopping malls and small shops were not open for business.
Many of the schools in the city did not open and the few ones that opened recorded poor attendance by students.
Petrol stations were also shutdown.
Although commercial banks were opened for business, they made adequate security arrangements to ensure that hoodlums do not take advantage of the atmosphere in the city to attack them.
The state and federal secretariats in Enugu were open, but the tempo of activities there were low.
However, some shop owners and a few commercial bus and tricycle drivers defied the order by going about their normal businesses.
In Onitsha, Nnewi, Awka and Aba, the exercise was a huge success as banks, schools, markets, shops and motor parks were not open for business.