It was gathered that they want residents and visitors to stay at home in honor of its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who is being arraigned in Abuja today.
Sources in Onitsha said youths suspected to be members of IPOB made bonfires in most streets in Onitsha, while also forcing vehicles entering the city to return.
Kanu had been arrested in Kenya in June through the aid of Interpol and extradited to Nigeria to face trial.
Video circulating on social media showed that shops, markets, and offices were locked in Onitsha, while streets are deserted.
It was also gathered that youths suspected to be IPOB members were smashing cars belonging to motorists who attempted to enter into the city.
A source who trades in Onitsha Main Market, Mr Lizinus Eze said, “We heard it yesterday as a rumor that there will not be market today, but this morning we found out that people were making bonfires everywhere in the city.
In Awka, the capital city of Anambra State, a source from SHINAWINS reporter who moved round found that commercial activities were going on without hitches.
Police Public Relations Officer for Anambra State Police Command, DSP Toochukwu Ikenga was not available for reaction as at the time of filing this report.