Members of People of Biafra (IPOB) who are protesting against the continued detention of the director of Biafra Radio, Nnamdi Kanu, has crippled business activities in Owerri, the capital of Imo state.
It was learnt that members of IPOB had reportedly trekked from Aba and Port Harcourt in order to evade security checks put in place to prevent the spread of the protests. They were said to have linked up with other members who were in the state capital to hold the protest.
According to report by Today, shop owners on sighting the protesters hurriedly locked up their shops while motorists parked off the road to allow the protesters to pass through.
Armed security operatives drove behind the protesters in order to prevent breakdown of law and order.
Protesters in their hundreds marched through major streets in the state capital displaying Biafra flag and carrying placards with these inscriptions: ‘ GF free Nnamdi Kanu now’. ‘Kanu is Biafra and we are Kanu amongst others.
One of the protesters who gave his name as Emmanuel Onyema threatened that the protests will continue to other parts of the country until Kanu is freed.
In a related development, The Nigerian army had warned agitators clamouring for the state of Biafra that the long arm of the law will soon catch up with them.
The army explained that it is within its precinct to take necessary action in
suppressing insurrection and act in the most ethical manner to help restore public order when call upon by the president.