The Enugu State Government has issued a stern warning that it will close schools and markets that comply with the illegal one-week sit-at-home order declared by Simon Ekpa. The statement, signed by Professor Chidiebere Onyia, Secretary to the State Government, emphasized the government’s resolve to take decisive action against offenders.
Despite the Indigenous People of Biafra’s clarification that they did not declare any sit-at-home order, some schools and businesses in Enugu State chose not to operate in adherence to Simon Ekpa’s directive. This prompted the Enugu State Government to clamp down on those following the order.
The government’s official statement emphasized that any school failing to resume normal activities would have its license revoked immediately. Market unions and shop owners were also warned that all markets and shops must be open for business, and failure to comply would result in indefinite closure.
The Enugu State Government strongly condemned any form of illegal sit-at-home order, deeming it contrary to the core values of the Igbo people, such as hard work, productivity, and creativity. The public was encouraged to continue their daily activities, as adequate security measures were implemented to ensure their safety.
Furthermore, the government vowed to utilize the Cybercrime Act 2015 to prosecute individuals, groups, or organizations intentionally promoting the illegal sit-at-home order through disseminating fake news and false alarms on social media platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter. This action aims to curb fear and maintain public peace without infringing upon citizens’ constitutionally guaranteed rights to freedom of speech and information.