Commercial activities were grounded in Owerri, as residents deserted the Imo State capital in compliance with the sit-at-home order issued by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) led by Nnamdi Kanu.
IPOB had in a statement by its Director of Media and Publicity, Emma Powerful, said human and vehicular movement would be restricted across the South East zone of the country on Monday, to mark the 54th anniversary of Biafra.
As a result, it said all markets, parks, schools, airports and others would be shut down.
But the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba, and the police had also asked the people to ignore the separatist group’s sit-at-home order.
Despite the government and police asking the people to ignore the order, commercial banks, schools, shops, malls, were all shut in Owerri on Monday morning.
Also, commercial and private vehicles deserted the roads in the state capital for fear of being shot by attacked by IPOB members.
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