Most of shops used by northerners in the town centre of Umuahia happened to be under lock and key yesterday.
Those of them who hawk goods on wheelbarrow where not seen around the main streets of Umuahia either. Even the very populated Old Owerri Road in which the mosque is located in Umuahia was deserted.
This was apparently due to fear of attack by people of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who were seen in different tricycles and buses moving around main roads from Isi-gate axis to Ubakala in Umuahia South Local Government Area where a military checkpoint can be found. Daily Trust gathered.
At the time of this report, no solider was sighted at Ubakala checkpoint. IPOB members had towards the night time taken to the city centre chanting different songs, destroying lock up shops and pushing all the other traders to leave, and at of the time of this report, the busy city centre had been abandoned and night life in Umuahia paralyzed.
Military presence was felt in the day until about 6pm when most military posts started to be empty.
The Chairman of Traditional Rulers’ Council, Umuahia North Local Government Area, HRM Eze Philip Ajomuiwe, who spoke on the conflict between IPOB people and the military Sunday, recommended the Federal Government to rather engage Biafra agitators in dialogue rather than using brute force against them.