Today is not the usual sit-at-home day but commercial banks which serve residents and traders right from Ihiala local government area to near and far communities across Ekwusigo council area to Oba community near Onitsha, and communities along the ever busy Onitsha-Owerri road up to Mgbidi in Imo state, closed the door of business following yesterday bloody sit-at-home clashes between men of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and Biafra secessionist armed group known as unknown gunmen.
Residents said the banks, Fidelity, Zenith, Access and First Bank refused to open for operation today because in the morning they heard heavy sound of gun, renting the air sporadically at the Total filling station area, which forced many to run for safety in the Ihiala community.
Recalled the Unknown Gunmen yesterday engaged men of the Nigeria soldiers in a gun battle that lasted from morning till night which led to several killings in the community.
OsazuwaAkonedo reports that not less than six bodies were seen lying lifeless at various streets in Ihiala as at this morning when our correspondent visited the area.
As at 9 O’clock in the morning, traders at the Nkwogbe market refused to open for business.
Some of the traders who spoke with our correspondent said they were waiting for the corpses to be removed from the streets before they could open for business.
The lifeless bodies were still visible as at 12 this afternoon while the traders except the Hausa traders in the market have opened for business.
Information gathered that Hausa traders were working on a plan to remove the lifeless body of their tribal man killed at the T-junction of Ihiala-Orlu road by Total filling station yesterday.
It was also gathered that some of the bank staff refused to resume work today citing security reasons.
Traders and other bank customers were seen making efforts at entrance gate of the banks but their efforts to make the banks open for operation yielded no result as they all left at noon looking disappointed.