The Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, CP Kanayo Uzuegbu, has embarked on a confidence-building patrol, while urging residents to go about their lawful businesses unhindered and without fear on Mondays.
Echeng gave the charge during a familiarisation tour of the Imo command in Owerri on Thursday.
Enugu Government has again urged the State’s residents to disregard Monday’s sit-at-home order by the factional members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and go about their normal businesses.
The Anambra state Government, under the leadership of Gov. Charles Soludo, has vowed not to obey directives from non-state actors on any illegal sit-at-home order.
The Command dismissed the rumour, noting that residents of the state should ignore the false information.
The shooting was carried out as the suspects forced people to abide by the order issued by the proscribed IPOB.
The gunmen were suspected to be enforcing the seven days sit-at-home declared by a separatist group.
The order, the Police disclosed was declared by one Simon Ekpunobi based in Finland started last Saturday and scheduled to end Friday.
The sit-at-home was initially ordered by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, which has declared an end to it.
Mbah made the appeal on Thursday while listing out the decisions reached at the end of his first security council meeting with the heads of all the security agencies at the Government House, Enugu.
The group made this known in a statement issued by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, on Monday.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Spokesperson of the State’s Police Command, SP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, in Abakaliki Monday.
Though IPOB, which gave the order across the entire South East had cancelled it, some are still observing it.
The directive was contained in a statement issued on Sunday by the President of ASSBIFI, Olusoji Oluwole.
A faction of the IPOB had through a video that circulated online last Tuesday, ordered the people of the South-East to observe a sit-at-home from December 9-14, 2022.
Several roads across major cities such as Onitsha, Nnewi, Oba, Obosi, Ekwulobia and some parts of Awka were empty as vehicles deserted the roads.
Unlike before when the state capital was literally deserted on Mondays, there were vehicles on the roads with buying and selling on the roadsides improving tremendously in the state capital.
The incident happened along the Umunze Road, Orumba South Local Government Area, with the operational vehicle of the hoodlums recovered.
A large number of residents also stayed indoors for fear of being attacked.
The group said it gave the order following Nnamdi Kanu’s court proceedings coming up on January 18, 19 and 20, 2022 at the Umuahia High Court.