The alleged arrest of the Radio Biafra director, Nnamdi Kanu, has continued to draw more agitation and controversies as the supporters protesting the release of the Biafra group leader in Anambra state were on Tuesday, October 20, arrested by the Nigerian police, Vanguard reports.
Kanu who is one of the leaders of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) was allegedly nabbed on Saturday, October 17, by the operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS).
It was reported that there had also been protests today in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, over the release of the Biafra leader.
However, proponents of the agitation for the sovereign state of Biafra went on the streets of Awka, the Anambra state capital.
They were said to have been rounded up by the state police command at various points in Awka as they embarked on protests.
The protesters, including women, carried placards with various inscriptions, marched from Amawbia to the government house, demanding that Kanu be left alone.
Determined to disperse the protesters, the police men stationed at government house fired sporadically in the air and threw teargas canisters to scare them as they approached the place.
The Anambra state police also went ahead to arrest another group protesting at the Arroma junction.
Speaking as regards the arrest, Ikechukwu Okoye, the coordinator of IPOB in the state, noted that their protests were not meant to cause any trouble, adding that they were only on the streets to prevail on security operatives to release Kanu.
He said that they were only marching to the government house to plead with the state governor, Willie Obiano, to prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene on the matter.
He said: “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 peace makers”
Confirming the arrest of the protesters, the state commissioner of police, Hosea Karma, said that the there was nothing like IPOB.
He noted that the protesters constituted nuisance on the high way stressing that it was the reason why they were picked.
He said: “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.”
Another faction of MASSOB threatened to lead a world wide demonstration over the arrest of Kanu. The group tagged the arrest as cowardly and threatened to take serious action.