Despite suspension of sit-at-home order by Indigenous People of Biafra, residents of Imo State on Monday still obeyed the separatist organization by staying indoors.
Business houses such as banks, supermarkets, eateries and markets were also under lock and key or operated skeletally throughout the day.
Though there was some vehicular and human movement, big shops and supermarkets were shut in Owerri metropolis.
In addition to not opening their halls for transactions, banks in Owerri shut their gates thereby disallowing access to their Automated Teller Machines (ATMs).
Operators of Point-Of-Sales (POS) machines were also not seen at their kiosks too.
Markets operated on a low key and few persons who came out found it difficult to get commercial vehicles, tricycles and even motorbikes to ferry them to their destinations.
Major markets like Nkwo-Orji, Alaba International Market, Ekeukwu Owerri, Amakohia and Akwakuma markets were nearly empty.
Shops in the markets were locked but the free zones were abuzz with few customers making quick purchases and zooming back to their residences.
The ever-busy Imo State University Roundabout, Government House Roundabout, Cherubim Junction, Control Post Roundabout, Warehouse Roundabout, Emmanuel College Roundabout and Fire service Roundabout all in Owerri were deserted.
Corporate offices, roadside business owners in Ikenegbu, Mbari, Okigwe Road, IMSU junction and Aba Road also did not open for business.
The situation in Orlu was even more severe as no shop or business house opened at all.
Security men were seen patrolling the town and its environs with armoured personnel carriers.
Orlu area has for some time now become a major flashpoint in the Imo State with security breaches reported almost on a daily basis.
Our correspondent who monitored the exercise said residents despite believing in the cause being pursued by IPOB stayed indoors mainly out of fear of molestation and harassment.
A resident, who gave his name simply as Okorie told our correspondent that he could not risk his life by opening his shop located in Ikenegbu Layout Owerri.
According to him, many had been killed during sit-at-home for heeding the advice of government and law enforcement agencies to go about their businesses.
He noted that nothing, not even compensation could assuage loss of a single life if anybody is killed during the exercise.