A bus driver was reportedly killed by gunmen enforcing the sit-at-home order of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Imo State.
The gunmen were said to have intercepted the bus along Owerri-Umuahia expressway on Friday morning.
The vehicle was set ablaze by the gunmen but the five occupants successfully escaped.
A resident of the area, Chima Okoronkwo,called on government to urgently end the killings in the state.
Speaking with journalists, Okoronkwo said: “This insecurity is getting out of hand and if urgent steps are not taken by the government things may get worse.
“These senseless killings and attacks in the entire S South East should be curtailed now before it degenerates into total anarchy.”
IPOB had ordered a sit-at-home across the South East on October 1 and also said it will bring down all Nigerian flags in the region.
The proscribed group had said the order is in solidarity with Ambazonia, a secessionist group in Cameroon, whose purported independence anniversary is on October 1.
The sit-at-home order has grounded commercial activities in Imo State with major roads and public places deserted.