Commercial banks, markets and business outlets in Umuahia, the Abia capital, opened for business today, defying the sit-at-home order by the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB).
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the city was initially enveloped by an air of uncertainty in the early hours of the day as residents and commuters kept off the streets. Business, however, began to pick up at about 7.30 a.m., when commercial vehicle operators, banks, markets and business premises began to open for the day’s activities.
As at the time of this report, business activities as well as vehicular movements and motor parks had resumed fully in Umuahia and its environs.
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. The spokesman for the Abia Police Command, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna, also noted that the entire state is calm and that residents are going about their lawful duties unmolested.