Angry protesters on Tuesday shut down Owerri, the Imo State capital.

The protesters took to the streets to register their grievances over the plot to impeach the Deputy Governor of Imo State, Eze Madumere through trumped-up charges.

The protesters, who took over the streets of Owerri as early as 6.00am, chanted various songs in protest, accusing Governor Rochas Okorocha of masterminding what they termed as ''kangaroo charges'' against his deputy.

They maintained that Madumere was innocent of the charges being levelled against him by members of the Imo State House of Assembly.

They also described State Assembly as the worst Imo has ever had, calling them mere rubber stamps in the hand of Okorocha,

They noted that Okorocha controls the House as his personal estate, without reference to the feelings and aspirations of the citizenry.

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They also carried placards with various inscriptions such as, “Okorocha leave Madumere alone; Okorocha must you foist your son-in-law on Imo people; We are in Democracy not in ‘familiocracy’; We say no to Okorocha’s third term agenda; APC will not accept imposition of family candidate; NWC rise up before we lose Imo to PDP; We appeal to President Buhari to intervene in Imo situation”.

The protest, which brought vehicular and human movements to a standstill, saw workers abandoning their vehicles to walk long distances to their places of work.

Traders were also not spared in the agony as major streets such as Wetheral, Okigwe road, Assumpta Avenue, Tetlow road and other adjoining streets were shut down as a result of the surging crowd.

Addressing newsmen, one of the leaders, Chidiebere Nworgu lamented that the state was sliding to a one-man business, where an individual now treats Imolites with levity.

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