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Pro-Biafra protest rocks Imo

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

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

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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