South East governors on Sunday met in Owerri to demand the relocation of the detained insurgents.
The issue was a subject of discussion in major markets in Imo State yesterday particularly Ekeukwu Owerre market as the traders were seen in group discussing the issue.
National Mirror learnt that the traders have concluded plans to stage a protest against the relocation of the prisoners to Anambra State today (Thursday).
According to sources the traders are expressing fear that the South East may be the next target of suicide bombers.
Some of the traders interviewed said that there is no adequate security in most of the prisons in the country, adding that any jailbreak could spell disaster to the people in the zone.
“We don’t want the move made by the Federal Government to bring the suspects to the South East even though we know that where they are being detained is a federal prison, but most of our prisons lack adequate protection,” Chidi Nwosu stated.
He added that the traders have been directed to close shops on Thursday and assemble at Okigwe roundabout where they intend to register their displeasure over the relocation.
“We are prepared to fight the course with the last drop of our blood to ensure that the prisoners are relocated to other zones in the country where adequate security can be provided,” he added.