The resumed trial of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) by a Federal High Court, Abuja provoked another “Sit at-home” syndrome” in Imo state Wednesday as residents abandoned their various places of business and remained indoors.
Consequently, commercial activities, movement of vehicles, schools, banks, motor parks, artisans, markets and sundry daily engagements went on holidays.
The roads/streets which were all deserted by vehicles, Okada riders, barrow pushers and mobile food vendors invariably turned into football fields as idle children freely played balls on them, confident that nothing untoward would happen.
In Owerri, Orlu Okigwe, Oguta, Mbaise, Mbano and Ihitte/Uboma areas, Kiosks, retail and buying of empty iron containers also suffered setbacks as no business went on.
They sit at home heaviest in Owerri township where all roads/streets wore the unenviable attire of a graveyard.
A hotelier anonymously lamented that his business usually plummeted whenever the sit at home issue rears its ugly head.
Our correspondent reports that while some members of the public were anxious to get to their destinations trekked, mobile policemen intermittently patrolled the major roads.