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Sit-at-home: Residents panic as banks, markets, schools shut down in Owerri

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Business actions had been grounded round 12 midday in Owerri, capital of Imo State, on Monday, as many residents hurried residence to avert any ugly scenario.

Many banks, markets, private and non-private faculties have additionally shut down in Heartland Metropolis, despite the fact that no identified or ugly incident was recorded at press time.

DAILY POST gathered that the explanation for the strain was that some hoodlums had been implementing the sit-at-home order already cancelled by the Indigenous Individuals of Biafra, IPOB.

Safety operatives later took positions at strategic locations like Akwakuma Flyover, Welthral Street by Fireplace Service, round Management amongst others to make sure peace.

Many personal and public college youngsters had taken benefit of the early-morning transportation to get to highschool on time earlier than they had been requested to go residence by their college authorities.

Whereas some faculties weren’t shut, many mother and father had been seen taking their youngsters to keep away from any casualty.

A Each day Publish correspondent, who monitored the scenario, learnt that the state secretariat, Owerri was calm, as civil servants had been busy with their job, whereas most faculties in Orji have closed, mother and father had been additionally taking their children residence.

A resident, Mr Steven Uzechukwu, whereas reacting to the scenario, mentioned “Police fall my hand. This studied silence and lacuna are what triggers hypothesis and scaremongering”.

“Imo individuals need to reclaim their Mondays, however this type of scaremongering will maintain individuals at residence subsequent Monday.

“The individuals must be reassured. We’ll do our greatest, but it surely falls again on the police within the state. I don’t suppose my children will go to highschool on Mondays. It’s horrible in the present day.”

DAILY POST had earlier reported that IPOB ordered the cancellation of the Monday sit-at-home following appeals by Igbo leaders, together with Ohaneze Ndigbo, due to the unfavourable affect it was having on the economic system of the southeast geopolitical zone.

Whereas a piece of IPOB had directed that the sit-at-home must be noticed solely on days Nnamdi Kanu, its chief, would seem in courtroom, one other group insisted that each Monday must be noticed as a mark of respect for the IPOB chief till he’s launched from detention.

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