Following the arrival of President Muhammadu Buhari in Imo State, economic activities in Owerri and other parts of the State have been shut down.
It had earlier been reported that the President arrived in the State on Thursday morning for the commissioning of some projects executed by the State governor, Hope Uzodinma.
It would be recalled that Buhari’s decision to visit the State had stimulated tension in the entire South-eastern region following the ‘sit-at-home’ directive issued by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB), in solidarity with its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who is currently in the custody of the Department of State Services, (DSS).
Although the secessionist group had subsequently denied issuing the order, places such as banks and shops have been shut for fear of attacks by the unknown gunmen wreaking havoc in the region.
Contrary to calls by some separatists and critics of Buhari, the President received a warm welcome from some citizens of the State upon his arrival.