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Anambra: Police Disperses Group Of Women In Fresh Protest

Channels Television  
Updated November 21, 2013

Protesting women in Anambra StateOfficers of the Nigeria Police dispersed a group of angry women who staged a fresh protest in Awka on Wednesday as a means of airing their grievances on the Anambra Governorship Election conducted by INEC.

Although a group of women had initially protested the election and called for a cancellation, another set of women staged a demonstration march in Awka, the state capital, making the same demand.

The women, who carried placards with various inscriptions, marched through a 2 kilometer road and headed for the INEC office but were prevented from entering the premises by security men who were stationed nearby.

They said that they had been disenfranchised in the process.

One of the protesters who called themselves ‘Anambra Women’ described the election as a ‘scam’ and the ‘destruction of the Igbo land.’

The police officer had to deploy tear gas in a bid to disperse the crowd when the confrontation turned physical.

The electoral umpire, INEC, has admitted that there were several lapses in the election process and has announced that there would be supplementary governorship elections in areas where votes were cancelled.

The date is yet to be announced.