Protest Begins in Onitsha over Market Merger, 76 Dead As Boat Capsizes In Anambra

Over 2,000 traders from Ajasa Street market on Saturday protested the alleged forceful merger with Oseokwodu market in Onitsha, Anambra State.

The protesters, mostly widows, also raised the alarm over heavy shootings by a local vigilante group attached to a neighboring market in the process.

Led by their woman leader, Mrs. Ngozi Ezediniru, the traders said they were surprised to see some armed men, attached to the Oseokwodu market, storm their market and started shooting indiscriminately which compelled traders to scamper for safety.

76 feared dead as boat capsizes in Anambra

An engine boat loaded with about 85 passengers has capsized and killed no fewer than 76 persons on board.

It was gathered that the ill-fated boat, which had about 85 persons on board, took off from Onukwu Bridge and was heading to Nkwo market, Ogbakuba in Ogbaru Local Government Area, Anambra State, before it capsized.

The incident happened early Saturday morning.

According to sources, only nine persons have been rescued while the rest are yet to be seen. Although, details of the incident were still sketchy, meanwhile, unconfirmed official sources from a State Emergency Management Authority official said the incident happened on Saturday morning.

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