OWERRI – There was tension in the Orlu area of Imo State when some soldiers reportedly ordered traders to close shops for one week.
It was gathered that the anger of the security agents stemmed from the fact that the traders chose not to open their shops on Monday as a result of the arraignment of the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, in Abuja.
Kanu was not arraigned as the Department of State Services (DSS) failed to produce him in court.
One of the traders said that the traders were mainly dealers on timber and building materials along Orlu – Owerri road.
He said, “We went to the shop this morning and discovered that soldiers on patrol along the Orlu-Owerri Road near the building materials and timber markets in Orlu were not allowing us to open our shops. They said we should go home for one week. When we asked them why they said it’s for absenting from our shops yesterday (Monday).”
The killing of Omuma DPO and six men by gunmen is also generating tension in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
They were killed when suspected gunmen regrouped on Monday to launch an attack on Omuma in the Oru East local government area of the state before they were repelled.
For most of Tuesday, heavily armed policemen were seen patrolling major streets in the metropolis and its environs.