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Pro-Biafra Protesters Barred From Passing Army Base In Enugu

Posted: Nov 8, 2015 at 10:23 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Emmanuel Nzomiwu, Enugu

Members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who were protesting against the detention of their leader and Director of the Radio Biafra were on Sunday barred from passing through the Army 82 Division end of Abakiliki road Enugu.

The protesters who were also demanding for an independent Biafran State had earlier marched across major neighbourhoods of Enugu including New Haven, Ogui road and Okpara Avenue, but on getting to the 82 Division end of Abakiliki road, they met an army barricade.

Combat ready soldiers, armed with rifles, were also strategically positioned at the two adjoining ends of Abakiliki road to the 82 Division to stop the protesters from passing through the army base.

Following the army barricade, the protesters who conducted themselves in a peaceful and orderly manner, diverted to Ogui road and continued their protest.

They hoisted Biafra flags on electric poles in many of the sensitive street junctions.

Our correspondent who covered the peaceful protest observed that the protesters took control of traffic along the major roads, compelling motorists to drive on one lane of the road while their members marched on the other lane.

The protest which started as early as lasted until about

One of the IPOB leaders who gave his name as Mr. Chibuzo Okoli, told journalists that they were demanding for an independent State of Biafra to gain their freedom from the orchestrated marginalization of the People of Eastern region that constitute the bulk of Biafra nation.

He said that through an independent State of Biafra, they could chart a way forward for their own socio-economic development agenda, based on their own initiative.

He said President Muhammadu Buhari could still remain as Nigeria’s President, as they have no personal grudges with him but the only matter of urgent attention they want him to act upon now is to order for the immediate release of Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, who was clamped into detention by Department of State Services (DSS).

He said IPOB mobilized its members from all the states that make up Biafra including the five South-East states, Rivers and Delta, to Enugu, the former Biafra capital, in a bid to register their protest against the detention of Kanu.

Okoli however admitted that there was no harassment from the police or any other arm of law enforcement agencies.

When contacted on the development, the Enugu State Police

Command spokesman, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, confirmed that the protest was very peaceful and the police had no reason to arrest the protesters.

Amaraizu, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), however said that the Command was monitoring the situation closely to forestall any breach of peace.