Soldiers on Tuesday unlawfully prevented traders at the Timber and Building Materials markets in Orlu, Imo State, from opening for the day’s business, Chairman of the Building Materials Market, Emmanuel Ibegbulem confirmed to CHECKPOINTCHARLEY.
He said that the soldiers, angered by the solidairty the traders showed to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, locked the markets to punish them.
It is gathered that most of the traders at the two markets had on Monday refused to open their shops in solidarity with the IPOB leader, at the resumption of his trial at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
The overzealous soldiers, who were manning a checkpoint close to the markets, simply barred the traders from opening their shops on Tuesday, telling them that the markets were closed till further notice.
One of the traders said that the soldiers, who were on stop-and-search duty nearby, ordered the security men in markets not to open the entrance gates.
Traders who came as early as 7am and had looked forward to a good business day, were shocked to meet the markets under lock and key.
The traders, who were furious over the closure, were ordered by the soldiers to go home until further notice.
The spokesman for the 34 Artillery Brigade Command, Obinze Owerri, Captain Babatude Zubiruo, said that he was not aware of the development when contacted.
As at the time of filing this report, the Imo State government was yet to respond to this military rascality.