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Imo State Government has allegedly sealed several banks in the state for obeying the Monday sit-at-home order issued by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) across the South Eastern states.

The development caused hundreds of bank customers to be stranded and unable to carry out their respective transactions.

Some of the affected banks, situated on Bank Road in Owerri, the state capital include Access Bank, Polaris Bank, First Bank, Eco Bank, Heritage Bank, and United Bank for Africa.

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The Guardian gathered that only Zenith bank was allowed to operate in the area for opening for operation on Monday against the IPOB’s order.

It was gathered that the state government sealed the affected banks with ribbons as early as 7:00 am on Tuesday.

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Some of the banks’ staff who spoke about the matter on anonymity, said that the sealing was done by the operatives of Owerri Capital Development Authority, (OCDA).

Also speaking on the reason for the government’s action, a customer of one of the banks said, “I can’t really say for sure but we are made to believe that these banks were sealed because they failed to open on Monday: because of the IPOB sit-at-home order.

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“That was against the government’s directive that they should ignore the order and open for businesses.”

At the time of filing this report, the state government was yet to issue statement on the matter.


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