Gunmen enforcing sit-at-home order issued by Simon Ekpa, a Finland based self styled discipline of Nnamdi Kanu, invaded Abakaliki, Ebonyi State on Monday, shooting sporadically and causing residents to run for their lives.
The situation led to a rowdy situation in the city with traders forced to close their shops and retire to their homes.
Many others took refuge in hotels and anywhere they could find or fear of running into the gunmen.
Reports said the gunmen have razed a section of Ahịa Ofú market located along the Abakaliki-Enugu highway.
A source, who pleaded anonymity, said he had to run into a hotel to take refuge.
“I am taking refuge in a hotel now. I went to buy a recharge card opposite government house when I saw people running.
“People hurriedly parked their things inside their shops while traffic Policemen on duty opposite government house immediately changed their clothes.
“I drove out of that area following heavy gunshots to Kpirikpiri where the road is deserted. People have parked their things inside their shops along that old Enugu road. If you are still in your houses, remain there untill calm returns”, the source said.
Videos and pictures seen on social media showing people running in different directions.