IPOB Palavar! Banks & Markets Defy Sit-At-Home Order In Umuahia

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Commercial banks, markets and business outlets in Umuahia, opened for business on Friday, 14th of September, defying the sit-at-home order by the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB).

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the city was initially enveloped by an air of uncertainty but picked up as Government offices, public institutions and private outfits were open, while kiosks and roadside businesses went on unhindered.

Meanwhile, a detachment of anti-riot mobile policemen, army, navy and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps was seen moving through major streets and strategic points in the city.

Private and public schools, however, did not open as the authorities reportedly advised the students and pupils to stay back home for fear of any violence.

The situation was, however, different in Aba, the commercial hub of the state, where the order allegedly recorded partial compliance in the early hours of the day.

NAN learnt that while banks remained closed, markets and other business outlets in the city and its environs began to open for business at about midday.

Security operatives were also said to be keeping surveillance in the city to avert a possible breach of public peace in the area.

Meanwhile, the spokesman for the Abia Police Command, Superintendent of Police Geoffrey Ogbonna, told NAN in a telephone interview that the entire state was calm and that residents were going about their lawful duties unmolested.

Ogbonna said that the command had not recorded any breach of the peace, adding that security agencies were on top of the situation in the state.

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