Human and commercial activities were grounded in the South-Eastern states on Monday as residents obeyed the sit-at-home order by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
IPOB had declared the sit-at-home to press for the release of its jailed leader Nnamdi Kanu who was re-arrested in June, four years after fleeing Nigeria.
IPOB has asked everyone resident in the southeast to remain indoors every Monday, beginning today, August 9, until Kanu is released unconditionally.
A cross-section of the residents expressed mixed feelings over the IPOB order. While some said it was necessary to honour millions of lives lost during the Nigerian civil war, others said they complied to avoid being attacked by hoodlums or those monitoring compliance.
Some reports say thugs are laying in wait for commuters who dare defy the ban, on eerie bends and intersections.
Social media users have been sharing pictures of empty streets and locked shops from the southeast region.