Residents in Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government areas have returned to their homes in obedience of the stay at home order issued by the Rivers State Government.
The order came into effect at 8pm, Sunday night just as news that the PDP may have organised a party to celebrate the installation process of its State Executive council spread through the grapevine.
According to eyewitnesses, roads in both local governments which are completely locked down are bereft of traffic.
Our Correspondent who went round Trans Amadi, an industrial settlement which serves as a residential area said the lockdown is total.
He reports that persons seen within the area were hanging around the precincts of their homes.
A resident in the Sandfill area of Borikiri contacted by phone said, “there is no movement. We are all locked down at home.”
The situation was the same in the Diobu axis where most residents are staying behind closed doors.
Only those on essential services, including doctors, nurses and other paramedics as well as the press and security agents are being allowed access to the roads which are now as quiet as graveyards
There are speculations that the current lockdown in Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor would last for 21 days.
But the State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim has reportedly refuted it.
This may mean that Government has no intention of leaving the people behind closed doors for such a long period.
Governor Nyesom Wike last week allowed a two-day window to enable residents acquire fresh supplies of food items, medicines, water and fuel.
He later extended the stay on the street period by another two days.
Nobody is sure when the people would be allowed to leave their homes again, but one analyst said, “Leave this week out. Next week looks more likely if you ask me. By that time, the food stock of those in complete lockdown areas would have become depleted.”
“I believe the State Government is studying the situation and would make its position known”, the analyst added.
Meanwhile, Governor Wike and the PDP have come under increasing criticism for undermining the order on social distancing.
All over the social media, pictures showing PDP leaders in packed halls, suggest that the order on social distancing may well be for the ordinary people alone and not for the big guns in power.
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