Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Sit-at-home: Panic in Owerri as Banks, Markets, Schools Shut Down by 12noon

Afraid of attack by the enforcers of sit-at-home order by the Indigenous People of Biafra, the commercial activities in Owerri, Imo State were grounded around 12 noon on Monday, as many residents hurried home to avert any ugly situation.

Markets, many banks, public and private schools also shut down though no known or ugly incident was recorded as at the time of filing tbe report.

It was gathered that the reason for the tension was that some hoodlums were enforcing the sit-at-home order which had been cancelled by the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB).

However, the security operatives in the state later positioned themselves at strategic places like Akwakuma Flyover, Welthral Road by Fire Service, around Control among others to ensure peace.

Also, students who were able to get to the school on time, were later asked to go home by their school authorities.

Many parents were seen taking their children to avoid any casualty, in some schools that were not shut.

Also, it was gathered that the state secretariat, Owerri was calm, as civil servants were busy with their job, while most schools in Orji have closed as parents were also taking their children home.

According to Daily Post, a resident, Mr Steven Uzechukwu, while reacting to the situation, said “Police fall my hand. This studied silence and lacuna are what triggers speculation and scaremongering”.

“Imo people want to reclaim their Mondays, but this kind of scaremongering will keep people at home next Monday.

“The people need to be reassured. We’ll do our best, but it falls back on the police in the state. I don’t think my kids will go to school on Mondays. It is terrible today.”

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