The Timber Market at Umuowa, Orlu  Local Government Area of Imo State closed on the alleged orders of soldiers is still under lock. This was confirmed yesterday evening.

Following purported gunshots surrounding the market on Monday, the day the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, was scheduled to appear in court for the continuation of his trial, the market was allegedly sealed on the instructions of troops stationed in the area.

Unidentified gunmen allegedly invaded the timber market on that day, shooting intermittently until being repulsed by soldiers in the region.

The military soldiers were alleged to have shut down the market, as well as the nearby building materials market, after becoming enraged with the occurrence.

Marketmen and women who attempted to reopen trading on Tuesday morning were denied access to the two markets.

The troops, on the other hand, unlocked the building materials market but not the timber market yesterday morning. Attempts to contact with Babatunde Zubairu, Public Relations Officer, 34 Artillery Brigade, Obinze, Imo State, yesterday were unsuccessful.

However, in an interview with Vanguard, a trader at the timber market named Michael Ositadimma described the two-day closure as a cruel act against the traders.