Pro-Biafra protest rocks Imo

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Members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)

and a faction of the Movement for the Actualisation

of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), as well as

other pro-Brafra groups, at last penetrated Owerri,

the Imo State capital, crippling economic activities

and vehicular movements as they protested the

continued detention of the Radio Biafra Director,

Nnamdi Kanu.

It would be recalled that the Imo State Governor,

Rochas Okorocha, at the wake of the protests,

absolved the Southeast Governors and Igbo

leaders of any complicity, adding that the

separatists does not enjoy the support of majority

of the Igbo. Also the Governor had stepped up

security in the state to prevent the pro-Biafra

groups from holding the protest in the state.

However, as early as 6am Friday, IPOB members

who reportedly trekked from Aba in neighbouring

Abia state and Port Harcourt, apparently to beat

security checks, were converged at strategic

positions in the state capital from where they

linked up with their members on ground to begin

the protest.

Although there was heavy security presence,

including battle ready soldiers and heavily armed

mobile Policemen who drove behind the protesters

in their vehicles, there was obvious anxiety among

the residents as shop owners hurriedly locked up

their shops, while motorists parked out of the road

to make way for the long procession.

Meanwhile the protesters numbering over 10

thousand, marched through major streets in the

state capital, displaying the Biafra flag and placards

with various inscriptions such as, ‘FG free Nnamdi

Kanu now’, ‘Kanu is Biafra and we are Kanu’, ‘we

need Biafra now’ , among others and chanting war

songs.

One of the protesters, Emmanuel Onyema, said

that the protests will spread to other parts of the

country and sustained untill Kanu is

unconditionally released by the Federal

Government.

The factional MASSOB Director of

Information, Uchenna Madu, said that they were in

solidarity with IPOB because Kanu is a true BIafran.

He said that “the protest will continue as a platform

to send the message across that we need Biafra,

we are not secured in Nigeria, and we are feeling

that our future is secured not in Nigeria. Our

demonstrations shall remain non violent, today we

are in Owerri and by the time we finish in the

Southeast and Kanu is not released we will match

to Abuja so that we can all be detained because we

are ready to die for what beljeve in.”

According to him, “we are tired of being slaves in

Nigeria, what is happening now shows that Biafra

is ready to go so let them give us Biafra and

release our leader immediately.”

At the Government House, there was equally heavy

security presence apparently to forestall any

attempt to invade the Government House.


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