Soldiers reportedly ordered closure of markets in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State on Tuesday, July 27.
The closure which is to last for one week is said to be as a result of the sit-at-home observed by the traders in the town on Monday, July 26 in solidarity to the detained leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
Kanu was to be arraigned before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja but the Department of State Security failed to produce him in court citing logistics as reason for its action.
A trader at the timber and building materials market along Orlu-Owerri road told our correspondent they were barred by soldiers not to open their shops at the market
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).”
Tension pervaded Orlu and its environs following the killing of DPO of Omuma and six men suspected to be members of IPOB.
The state police command confirmed the killing of DPO and the six members of IPOB during a gun duel on Monday.
The suspected IPOB members were said to have regrouped on Monday to launch attack on Omuma in Oru East Local Government Area of the state before they were repelled.
Heavily armed policemen were seen on Tuesday patrolling major streets in the metropolis and its environs.
The Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Mike Abatam could not respond to enquiries on the day.