A group of over 2,000 people believed to be loyalists of the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim el- Zakzaky, on Sunday barricaded the Masaka-Mararaba Road in Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.
The road leads to the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The action forced motorists and other road users to a standstill.
Soldiers, policemen, the NSCDC and other security operatives tried unsuccessfully to stop the protest which began at 1:00 pm.
The el-Zakzaky followers have vowed to continue the protest until their leader is released.
Some members of the group claimed that they had specifically chosen this period to conclusively achieve the release of their leader, who had been in detention over time.
They said, “Our rallies, processions and other religious activities will continue as and when due and in our ways without fear of intimidation.
“We, therefore, wish to state and draw the attention of the public and the international community to the fact that whatever happens to negate the solemn principle of our religious procession, the Nigerian authorities should be accountable.”