Residents of Aba, the commercial nerve of Abia State on Friday stayed away from their shops and business premises despite the calling off of the planned sit-at-home order by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Our correspondent reports that Aba was near a ghost town as majority of residents stayed indoors even at the time of filing the report.
Visit to various parts of the bustling commercial town reveals that gates tp major markets including the Ariaria International Market, Cemetery, Shopping Center and among other markets were open but the traders chose to stay away from their shops.
Government offices, banks and other offices couldn’t open for administrative and economic activities as they joined residents to stay away from work and offices.
The usual hustling and bustling that characterizes Aba especially on Friday’s could not be felt as the usual traffic witnessed on major roads disappeared.
The popular Aba motor park, abattoir and other major locations including Okigwe road, Faulks road, School road etc were not with their usual human and vehicular activities.
A few security operatives were spotted at some locations including the popular St. Michael’s road in an apparent move to guard against individuals or group of people taking advantage of the state of the city to cause breach of peace.
Most resident and visitors had on Friday rushed to the markets to stock their homes with food and other home essentials that would sustain them throughout the one week the now canceled sit-at-home would have lasted.
Others who had business transactions to perform Monday to Friday next week had relocated out of the town to avoid being caught the web of the sit-at-home.
Some residents of Aba who had come to buy food stuff went back home disappointed as they were unable to see anyone to buy from.
Meanwhile, it was a different scenario in Umuahia, the state capital as many residents and commercial tricycle operators after initially being skeptical, started coming out in trickles before movement of human and vehicular activities improved as the day goes by.