For absenting from their shops on Monday, Soldiers on road blocks along the Orlu-Owerri Road near the Building Materials and Timber Markets in Orlu have shut both markets, ordering that they remain closed till one week.
Traders reported to their markets Tuesday morning and were prevented from entering their shops. This caused a mammoth crowd of the traders who were all seen along the road shouting in protests while staying at a distance from the fierce looking, gun wielding soldiers.
Enquiries from this reporter said the soldiers were demanding explanations from the traders why their markets were not opened the previous day being Monday 26th of July 2021.
Markets around the area were shut down on Monday, being the day the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was billed to appear in court, in Abuja in a show of solidarity.
Further inquiries showed that the Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma had earlier ordered workers in the state capital to be at work or be sacked.
Meanwhile, at all military checkpoints in the state, especially at Mgbidi in Oru-West, passengers are made to disembark from their vehicles and walk along the road with their hands raised above their heads; a situation that’s daily provoking the populaces.
Information available shows that tension is already growing around Orlu following recent activities of governor Uzodinma’s military men.