Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, has on Thursday disclosed why the planned protest by traders against the relocation of some Boko Haram suspects to Anambra State did not hold in the state.
Speaking to newsmen during an inspection tour of ongoing projects in Abakaliki, the Governor said, since the suspects had already been taken to Abuja, the protest was needless.
He said, “The traders have the right to protest but there was no need for the protest because we (South-East governors) had enjoined the Federal Government not to relocate any Boko Haram prisoner to any prison in the South-East. Those suspects brought to Anambra State have been taken back to Abuja.
“The state decided against the protest for the reason that the governors of the region had intimated the Presidency on their opinion on the matter, and so no need for anyone to encourage people of the state to take to the streets.”
Information gathered shows that the traders were expected to convene at the Abakpa main market at about 8am, and commence a simultaneous protest across the five states of the South-East.