Despite government assurances, residents of Enugu and Imo observed the “sit-at-home” order issued by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). The Enugu State Governor, Peter Mbah, had urged residents to defy the order, stating that there was no such directive. However, on the observed day, banks, filling stations, schools, shops, and major commercial transport companies remained closed. The lack of public transportation made it difficult for workers to commute. Some residents expressed frustration with the situation and called for the unification of South-East governors to negotiate the release of IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu. In Imo State, economic activities were also shut down, with reports of killings, burnings, and threats leading to residents staying at home. Banks, shops, and businesses were closed, and road traffic was limited. Specific areas affected included Owerri-Aba Road, Owerri-Port Harcourt, and Owerri-Onitsha Road, with reduced activities in Mbari, Wethedral, Egbu, and Orji areas.