Commercial activities grounded as unknown gunmen return to Owerri
Just before 12 noon on Monday in Owerri, the capital of Imo State, commercial activities were grounded as many residents hurried home due to heavy shooting as gunmen returned to the city.
The gunmen shot sporadically in different areas of the city as residents and road users scampered for safety.
It was gathered that some of the affected areas include, First Bus Stop Irete, Owerri West LGA, around Douglas and Wethral roads, Akwakuma axis and Control post junction.
As at the time of filling this report, many banks, markets, public and private schools have been shut down in Heartland City, even though no known or ugly incident was recorded at press time.
It was gathered that the reason for the attacks was to enforce the sit-at-home order, which the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB said it had cancelled.
Security operatives later took positions at strategic places like Akwakuma Flyover, Welthral Road by Fire Service, around Control among others to ensure peace.
Many private and public school children had taken advantage of the early-morning transportation to get to school on time before they were asked to go home by their school authorities.
While some schools were not shut, many parents were seen taking their children to avoid any casualty.
Our correspondent, who monitored the situation, learnt that the state secretariat, Owerri was calm, as civil servants were busy with their job, while most schools in Orji have closed, parents were also taking their kids home.
A resident, Mr Steven Uzechukwu, while reacting to the situation, said “Imo people want to reclaim their Mondays, but this kind of thing 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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