IPOB members protest along Aba-Owerri-road (file photo)

Banks and markets in Umuahia, the Abia state capital, opened for business on Friday, despite the sit-at-home order by a secessionist group Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)

Concise News learned that the city was initially in a tense mood in the early hours of the day as residents and commuters kept off the streets.

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But, according to reports, business began to pick up at 7.30 a.m., when commercial vehicle operators, banks, markets and business premises began to open for the day’s activities.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, government offices, public institutions and Automated Teller Machines as well as private outfits were open, while kiosks and roadside businesses went on unhindered.

Meanwhile, a detachment of anti-riot mobile policemen, army, navy and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps was reportedly seen moving through major streets and strategic points in the city.

It was also gathered that private and public schools did not open as the authorities reportedly advised the students and pupils to stay back home for fear of any violence.