There was wild jubilation in the industrial town of Anambra state as the thirty four (34) traders detained in the wake of IPOB/Police clash regained their freedom.
Sources said the detained traders who are mostly members of AMSPADA were released in Awka and were taken to Nnewi Area Command of NPF for documentation. He said the process took about four hours before they were eventually allowed to go home in the early hours of Sunday.
The issue of the release of the traders from captivity was freely discuss in some church service in and around the town as well as entertainment spots.
One of the relative of the detained but released trader who pleaded for anonymity said his brother came back home around 1.00am Sunday morning and that he never believed that it not his ghost until he kept knocking on the door.
He thanked the traders associations in Anambra state in general and particularly appreciated the Gab Chibueze led executive council of AMSPADA for resoluteness toward the release of his brother and his co-travelers.
A trader who will also not want to have his name in print said Monday’s prayer session would be a special one for the traders in appreciation of God for his mercies on their members who went to land of the dead and return.
He said the eventual release of the traders who were just doing their lawful business in the market when the IPOB members and police clashed has shown that police authorities are responsive and responsible.
Meanwhile, all attempt to get the police angle of the story from the Police Public Relations Officer of Anambra state command of NPF, Mr Muhammed Haruna did not yield any positive result as he did not pick his call when contacted.