The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has threatened to seal banks and punish market and motor-park leaders who will dare stay at home on Mondays or any day so declared by the Indigenous People of Biafra.

He directed banks, markets and motor parks in the state to be in operation on Monday.

The governor, who said the sit-at-home compliance adversely affected the Gross Domestic Product and the general economy of the state, maintained that banks that failed to open on such days would be sealed for a week, adding that if such banks refused to open subsequently, they would be permanently closed.

While addressing transport leaders at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, on Sunday the governor cautioned against further adherence to the order which he said had become inimical to the state.

He said, “I urged the commuters to feel free to ply their usual routes across the state on Monday, whether they ride or drive motorcycles, keke, shuttle, buses.

“If markets don’t open, I will sack the leadership of the market. If the market and park leaders don’t comply, their leadership will be changed within two weeks.”

Meanwhile, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Cooperation and Integration in Africa, Senator Chimaroke Nnamani, on Sunday said the sit-at-home protests in the South-East geopolitical zone were having serious implications and socio economic consequences on the life of the people in the region, and called for its cessation.

The former governor of Enugu State, who is currently representing Enugu East Senatorial District in the Senate, made the observation in a statement signed by him and titled, ‘Sit-at-home against Igbo interest – Sen Nnamani’.

He also condemned the attack on citizens going about their legitimate businesses on account of the sit-at-home.

Nnamani said, “The trinity of Igbo character is defined by igba mbo (hard work), akonuche (wisdom) and njepu (sojourn), pointing out that the sit-at-home is antithetical to the innate Igbo tripartite traits and a betrayal of Igbo interest.

“How does enslaving our people, denial of means of livelihood add value to our quest for equity and justice? If others reject us, should we also reject ourselves? It stands to reason that this sit-at-home protest cannot be a way forward. We cannot abandon ourselves.”

Nnamani, however, called on all men and women of goodwill to prevail on the protagonists of sit-at-home to restore normalcy in South-East Zone.