Police arrest supporters of Radio Biafra director Nnamdi Kanu
Supporters of the Director of Radio Biafra, Mr. Nnamdi
Kanu were on Tuesday arrested by the Anambra State
police command at various parts in Awka as they protested
the arrest of Mr. Kanu.
The protesters, including women, carried placards with
various inscriptions, marched from Amawbia to the
Government House, demanding that Kanu be left alone.
However, as they approached Government House, the
police men stationed at the place fired into the air and threw
teargas canisters to disperse the crowd.
Another group protesting at the Arroma junction was also
arrested by the police.
Anambra State coordinator of Indigenous People of Biafra,
meant to cause any trouble, adding that they were only on
the streets to ask DSS to release Kanu.
According to him, the protesters were marching to the
Government House to plead with Anambra State governor,
Chief Willie Obiano to prevail on President Muhammadu
Buhari to intervene on the matter.
“We are only agitators who obey the laws of the
land. This is democracy and there is freedom of
speech and freedom of movement.
“Why would anybody detain our leader and in the
process be demanding bail fee of N2million. We
have not come to fight anybody because we are
Anmabra State Commissioner of Police, Mr.
confirmed the arrest of the protesters, saying it was
because they were parading along the Enugu-Onitsha
expressway thereby causing breach of peace.
According to the CP:
“There is nothing like Indigenous People of Biafra.
Those people constituted nuisance on the high way
and that was why they were picked.
“Right now, I do not know the number of people that
were picked, but I want to assure the people that
anybody who disturbs the peace that exists in this
state will not go unpunished.”
Meanwhile, the factional leadership of the Movement for the
Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has
lent support to the Radio Biafra director.
In a press statement made available to reporters in Awka
yesterday, the national director of information of the
breakaway MASSOB, Mr Uchenna Madu said it was
identifying with Kanu in the spirit of brotherhood pursuing
one strong force for self determination.