Hundreds of bank customers were left stranded in Owerri, the state capital, on Tuesday after officials from the Imo State Government shut down all banks on Bank Road.
Hundreds of bank customers were waiting at various banks when PUNCH correspondent arrived about 9 a.m.
Access, Polaris, First Bank, Eco Bank, and United Bank for Africa were among the banks shut down by the state government.
As early as 7 a.m., PUNCH correspondent witnessed state government employees using customized ribbons to seal the several banks.
Some bank employees told our correspondent that Owerri Capital Development Authority operatives had locked the banks.
According to the PUNCH, the banks that were closed were those that did not open on Monday, a day when states throughout the South East sat at home in protest of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, who is being tried by the Federal Government at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Some government authorities, however, claimed that the banks were closed due to building permission plans.
Declan Emelumba, the state commissioner for information and strategy, and Innocent Ikapmezie, the General Manager of the OCDA, did not respond to several phone calls from our correspondent.
As of the time of making this report, they have not returned calls or responded to text messages.