Police use teargas to disperse dozens of pro-Biafra agitators

Some members of the group were arrested for blocking the Asaba-Benin expressway.

Pro-Biafra supporters

The Police in Delta on Friday used teargas to disperse dozens of pro-Biafra agitators who staged a protest rally in Asaba.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the protesters said they were in solidarity with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Some members of the group were arrested for blocking the Asaba-Benin expressway.

They chanted songs calling for the unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu, a member of the Pro –Biafra group.

However, a police source told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the arrested members were later released following "an order from above".

Members of the group had poured into the Asaba-Benin expressway, blocking a large portion of the ever-busy road, from Summit Junction to Coker Junction axis in Asaba.

NAN reports that the group held up vehicular movement on the road for hours, forcing many transporters to make a U-turn, diverting into Asaba main town, thereby causing a major gridlock.

However, police patrol teams from the Delta Police Command confronted the protesters, using tear gas to disperse them.

One of the protesters, Mr. Uche Obiakor, told NAN that the police intervention in the rally was injustice to the group, saying that members of IPOB were on a peaceful rally.

"What the police did today is a great injustice to the Biafra people because we are not armed neither did we attack anybody.

"We are just on a peaceful protest for the unconditional release of our leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

"We want Nnamdi Kanu to be set free, and all charges against him dropped unconditionally," he said.

The spokesperson of the state Police Command, DSP Charles Muka, confirmed the incident to NAN on phone .

He, however, declined to comment on the arrest and subsequent release of the IPOB members.

"What I can tell you is that the police are on top of the situation. We are on it; that is all I can say for now," Muka said.


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