BusinessNewsPoliticsCustomers Stranded As Imo Government Shuts Banks Over IPOB Sit-At-Home Order

OWERRI — On Tuesday, hundreds of bank customers were left stranded as the officials of the Imo State Government shut all the banks on Bank Road in Owerri, the Imo State Capital.

Journalists who visited the area around 9am saw hundreds of banks customers waiting at various banks.

The affected banks included Access, Polaris, First Bank, Eco Bank, and United Bank for Africa.

The journalists observed customized ribbons the officials of the state government used in sealing the various banks as early as 7am.

Some of the staff of the banks revealed that the operatives of the Owerri Capital Development Authority sealed the banks.

According to The Punch, the banks sealed were those that failed to open on Monday, a day states in South East sit-at-home in protest of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra who is being tried at the Federal High court in Abuja by the Federal Government.

However, some government officials said that the banks were sealed because of building approval plans.

Both the state commissioner for Information and strategy, Declan Emelumba, and the General Manager of OCDA Innocent Ikapmezie, did not respond to multiple calls put to their telephones by our correspondent.

They had neither return the calls nor reply to text messages as of the time of filing this report.

Bada Yusuf Amoo (Correspondent)

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