Residents of Imo State, were being harassed and intimidated by heavy shootings recorded in some parts of Owerri and its environs over the sit-at-home order by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB),
Already the sit-at-home was gradually becoming effective as movements of people were being restricted, even by the security personnel, drafted to maintain peace, law and order.
Newsmen recorded some sporadic shootings late Friday night to early Saturday at Naze Timber Market and its environs in Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State.
Shops and markets around Federal Housing, Egbu Road and Mbaise Park were all closed by their owners at the time of filing this report.
The situation made it difficult for travellers on the Aba Expressway to reach their destinations on time.
The same shooting continued on Saturday morning, when the sit-at-home order was to begin, at Egbu Road, Mbaise Road, Douglas Road by men of Nigeria Air Force, who were called out of their base by the authorities.
There were also armed blockages by security agents at Chukwuma Nwoha, Egbu Road, Mbaise Road and some other roads in Owerri metropolis.
The restrictions placed on people’s movements by the security agents run contrary to the position of the state government that citizens in the state should be protected to go about their normal businesses.
It was gathered that people coming out for their normal business were being harassed and intimidated by the security personnel who kept shooting intermittently.