Soldiers blocked traders from opening for the day’s business at the Timber and Building Materials markets in Orlu, Imo State, on Tuesday.

Most of the traders in the two markets had on Monday refused to open their shops in solidarity with the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu whose trial on the treasonable felony was to continue at the Federal High court in Abuja.

The soldiers, who were stationed near Orlu’s two main markets, forbade the traders from conducting any commercial activity in their shops.

The Punch reports that traders said the soldiers ordered the gatemen at the entrances of the two big markets not to open the gates.

While the soldiers maintained their stop-and-search operation in front of the two marketplaces, traders who arrived as early as 7 a.m. found the entrance gates locked and keyed.

The spokesperson for the 34 Artillery Brigade Command, Obinze Owerri, Babatunde Zubiruo, when contacted, said that he was not aware of the development.