Residents of the five southeastern states are gripped with fear over the sit-at-home order issued by the leader of the proscribed group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, to mark the anniversary of the Biafra Republic Remembrance Day.
IPOB is remembering civil war victims over two days, with a candlelit march on Sunday evening and a strict order for people to remain indoors on Monday for their own safety.
The streets of Owerri, the capital of Imo State, were already deserted on Sunday, as residents stayed indoors after the killing of a former aide of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Ahmad Gulak by unidentified gunmen.
Some hoodlums on Sunday razed the Njaba office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Njaba Local Government Area of the state.
The office is located at Okwudor. The incident is coming less than 24 hours after Atta Police station, customary and high courts were burnt down in the same local council.