Traders in Anambra state under the umbrella of the Amalgamated Market Traders Association of Anambra, AMATAS, on Saturday, June 27, 2015 staged a protest across the state over alleged plans by the federal government led by General Muhammadu Buhari to transfer some Boko Haram prisoners to the state.
Some of the aggrieved protesters were seen along the Onitsha-Owerri expressway carrying placards with different messages that boiled down to the fact that they were not comfortable with the plan.
The Trent exclusively gathered that the protest in Onitsha caused a gridlock which was later eased up following the intervention of some soldiers.
However, the enraged protesters obstructed the road almost immediately when the officials left the scene.
Speaking to The Trent, a source identified only as Ijeoma said, “The protest was a peaceful one even though the protesters blocked the roads which caused a serious gridlock that kept motorists at a spot for over one hour.
“They all scampered for safety as soon as the soldiers arrived the scene but soon returned and blocked the roads as they left.
“Their placards had different messages opposing the federal government’s alleged plot to send some Boko Haram prisoners to Anambra.”
Similarly, the protesters at the Eke Awka market along Nnamdi Azikiwe avenue, Awka, were dispersed by the police as they approached the Regina Caeli junction.
Below are some photos from the protests. (Click on any image to enlarge).