IPOB: Banks, markets defy sit-at-home order in Umuahia

Commercial banks, markets and business outlets in Umuahia, the Abia capital, opened for business on Friday, defying the sit-at-home order by the Independent People of Biafra.

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 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.

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Government offices, public institutions and Automated Teller Machines as well as 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…

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