The Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, has told people of the state and traders to shun the sit-at-home order of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Umahi also charged the people to get cutlasses for self-defence when the need arises.
Umahi, who issued the warning in a state-wide broadcast on Saturday in Abakaliki to mark the sixth anniversary of his administration, was reacting to the order by IPOB to the people of South-East zone.
He said: “There should be free movement of people in the state on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and other days of the year.
“People should go to church on Sunday to pray for the nation’s fallen security agents, civilians and peace and unity of the state and country.
“I challenge the youths, local government area chairman, security agents, Ebebeagu security outfit, among others, to ensure that no one is molested in the state.
“Anyone who has nothing to protect himself should do so with cutlass, which should be for protection and not for attack.”
Umahi, who also stated that all forms of procession in the state has been banned except the ones organised by council chairman, charged Ebubeagu security outfit to protect the people.
“I have been notified about such processions and they are being used to profile our people for empowerment.
“I charge the Ebubeagu security outfit, which is backed by the state laws, to ensure that the people are protected.
“There will be movement in other parts of the country, if there is none in the South-East so people should therefore ignore such order,” he said.