Economic and social activities were halted in Imo State on Saturday over the sit-at-home order by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reporter who monitored the development on Saturday in Owerri, reports that residents of the state have deserted markets and streets of the state capital for safety.
NAN reports that the pro Biafra agitators led by Nnamdi Kanu issued a statement that ordered people from the South-east to sit at home between May 30 and May 31 for the annual Biafra Remembrance Day.
The statement said the day was set aside in remembrance of over 5 million Biafrans who died during the three-year civil war in Nigeria.
NAN reports that people also kept away from the Government House axis with businesses around it locked while combined team of security agencies were seen patrolling the streets.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Abutu Yaro had earlier issued a statement, assuring residents of adequate security and urged the people to ignore the threat.
But only the presence of the military and police forces were noticed, while people kept away from the popular Ekeukwu Owerri Market and the timber market in Naze.
A commercial motorist, Okechukwu Nnaji, told NAN that motorists started experiencing poor patronage from commuters from May 28.
“As I speak with you, I have not gotten N 2,000 since three days now, I normally make N8,000 daily,” he said.