Owerri, the Imo state capital was a shadow of itself on Monday as large number of residents stayed indoors.
Markets,Banks, Schools and other business outlets were also shut as insecurity heightened in the state.
Reported attack on Otoko Divisional Police Headquarters in Obowo Local Government Area of the state at about 3am on Monday added to the panic in the state and further made people not to open their businesses,same day.
It was gathered that the situation arose after a notice was penultimate week pasted at different corners in the state ordering people to henceforth observe the Monday sit- at home order.
Though the State government and Police in the state had last week countered the order, check by our correspondent showed that both public and private schools, banks, business enterprises remained closed on Monday.
While youths were seen playing football on a major road on Monday in Owerri, others gathered in their neighborhoods to drink and discuss contemporary issues, especially the second leg world cup play off match between Nigeria and Ghana which is billed for Abuja on Tuesday.
A known trader who does not want to be mentioned said” we are sitting at home today because the days are dangerous. It is better to sit at home and be save than to open for business and be harmed. The earlier this is resolved the better for our state.
“The economy is shrinking and people are getting frustrated because of the state of the economy. Our children are at home today and we can’t even make withdrawals in bank because they are shut.”