Commercial banks within the South-East area of Nigeria have began bringing down the Nigerian flag from their poles, SaharaReporters has learnt.
This comes just a few days after the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) urged its members to take away all Nigerian flags mounted in “Biafra land.”
The group had additionally declared one other sit-at-home on October 1, 2021, when Nigeria can be celebrating its 61st Independence anniversary.
Meanwhile, sources within the area informed SaharaReporters that although IPOB had directed that banks needs to be left alone, the monetary establishments themselves have began bringing down their Nigerian flags over worry of assaults.
A supply in Enugu informed SaharaReporters that Access Bank at Holy Ghost Junction in Enugu, the state capital has introduced down all of the flags on the poles on its premises, together with the Nigerian flag.
He mentioned, “Access Bank at Holy Ghost junction, the old park has brought down the flags. There’s nothing on the poles anymore.”
Another resident within the area mentioned Zenith Bank at Onitsha in Anambra has pulled down the Nigerian flag from their poles too.
He mentioned, “I can also confirm that Zenith Bank, Onitsha removed all their flags.”
Another resident mentioned, “United Bank for Africa (UBA), Owerri Road branch, Onitsha removed all their flags —Nigerian flags and even that of the bank, they didn’t just lower the flags, they pulled the flags off.”
Also in Awka, Anambra State capital, Wema Bank, Access Bank and Zenith Bank branches have eliminated their Nigerian flags, leaving solely their firm flags on their poles, SaharaReporters learnt.
Also, footage of banks within the area with out flags on their poles have circulated on social media.
One of the executives of IPOB, Chika Edoziem, had on Friday mentioned the separatist group would lock down the whole South-East area on October 1.
He mentioned, “The 1st of October declared total shutdown in Biafra land. There shall be no movement in Biafra land on the 1st of October being Nigerian Independence day. Again from tonight, all Nigerian flags mounted anywhere in Biafra land must be brought down; banks exempted.
“IPOB leadership will communicate to banks directly and give them the reason why they must peacefully bring down the flag. Otherwise, we do it ourselves in our own way.”
The chief of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, has been detained by the Department of State Services (DSS) because the third week of June following his arrest in Kenya and repatriation to Nigeria.