Some soldiers on Tuesday stopped traders at the timber and building material market in Orlu, Imo state, from opening for business.
A trader in the market who chose to remain anonymous confirmed the development to reported.
“They prevented people from opening their shades, mainly timber market and building material,” he said.
A source said that the traders were not allowed to open their shops because they closed operations on Monday in solidarity with Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who was meant to appear at a federal high court in Abuja.
The soldiers were said to have asked the traders to “stay at home until Biafra Republic is attained” before they can resume their trading activities.
When contacted on the development, Mike Abatem, police spokesperson in Imo, said he cannot speak on the matter. He said questions should be directed to the army spokesperson in the state.
Babatunde Zubiruo, spokesperson, 34 artillery brigade command in Imo, abruptly ended a telephone conversation with TheCable after the issue was raised. Subsequent text messages sent to his phone received no response.