Some private school owners in Aba, the commercial nerve of Abia and Umuahia, the state capital on Monday defied the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to open for normal academic activities.

But banks, shops, markets and other offices closed in adherence to the order in the two major cities of the state.

The level of compliance in Aba,  commercial tricyclists started as early as 6am but complained of low patronage.

Security operatives suspected to be on a joint patrol operation were sighted in some parts of Aba South LGA.
Commercial motor parks operating in Aba and Umuahia opened for businesses but recorded low patronage with few commuters available.
But while commercial banks and other corporate organisations closed, public and private schools opened for academic activities.

Gates of Abia State Polytechnic, Aba opened with few staff at work.

At the main park, by Milverton and park road respectively, our correspondent reports that commercial tricyclists were seen loading different parts of the city.

Some fuel stations, especially those within the main park area, opened for business but with few customers to attend to.

Some street traders were seen around Ehi Road awaiting for the would-be customers.

It was the same scenario in Umuahia, the state capital as residents stayed away from their offices, shops and businesses.

Security agencies were absent from their various duty posts in Aba and Umuahia respectively.

Those who had urgent needs for financial needs relied on the commercial Automated Machines (ATM) to initiate or complete any process as bank premises remained close.

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