#EndSARS: Banks, businesses remain shut in Abakaliki as govt enforces curfew
In what could be likened to a hangover after a night of booze and partying, Abakaliki, capital of Ebonyi State was largely calm and subdued Thursday morning after the violence that erupted in the city on Wednesday.
The declaration of a 24-hour curfew means that businesses, especially those along major roads and streets, remain closed.
Our reporter, who went round the city, noticed that shops and other businesses remained shut as at 9 p.m.
Banks and fuel/gas stations did not open for business. ATMs of some of the banks were said to have been out of cash, while a few that still had cash did not have many persons withdrawing.
The roads were scanty with few vehicular movements as people stayed at home.
Many persons were seen in clusters around various neighbourhoods, discussing the events of yesterday.
The road leading to the Abakaliki Prison from the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital was cordoned off by a combined security team.
Marks were visible on the walls of the prison where the hoodlums tried to break into the prison before they were repelled by security agents.
At the old Government House, eagle-eyed security officers scrutinised and screened people before letting them in.