BREAKING: Roads Deserted, Banks Shut As Buhari Visits Imo
Residents of Owerri, the state capital of Imo, have stayed home in anticipation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to the state.
iexclusive News Nigeria reports that commuting in and out of Imo has been a herculean job, as both intra and inter bus services have been practically disrupted, with security personnel mounting roadblocks and barricading major routes in the capital as early as 6 a.m.
The actions might be linked to the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra’s (IPOB) stay-at-home order issued in response to the president’s visit.
The city’s markets, banks, and commercial centers are all closed.
On Wednesday, the heads of market groups requested that merchants stay at home Thursday.
Residents who talked with our correspondent voiced their displeasure with the security measures put in place for the president’s visit.
Emeka, a resident of Ihiagwa, was outraged because he was not permitted to travel more than a kilometer from his home.
The first section of the Naz-Nekede-Ihiagwa road is set to be inaugurated by the president.
“How can we greet the president if we are not allowed to leave our houses?” Emeka said.
“Security officials, particularly soldiers, are not pleasant at all, barking and waving weapons at people trekking,” says one trekker.
The president is scheduled to arrive at the Sam Mbakwe Cargo Airport shortly.