Banks, shops, and industries in Onitsha and Nnewi stayed shut today, July 26, as the trial of Nnamdi Kanu resumes at the Federal High Court Abuja. According to reports from the state, youths suspected to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB) allegedly blocked the entrance and exits from Onitsha including the Onitsha head bridge and the industrial town of Nnewi.
The roads leading to major markets in Onitsha were also allegedly occupied by IPOB members to ensure that residents stay at home in solidarity with the IPOB leader, who is being arraigned in Abuja today.
Banks also had to stay shut for fear of chaos. Drivers seen trying to enter Onitsha were allegedly ordered to return to their destination.
Youth suspected to be IPOB members also lit bonfires in the streets as they ensured compliance to the sit-at-home order.