In spite of police warning that it would not tolerate any protest or demonstrations by any group in Enugu over the detained director of Radio Biafra, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, some groups suspected to be members of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, yesterday embarked on protest in some areas of Enugu metropolis.
As early as six o’clock in the morning, some youths clad in Biafran uniform and brandishing Biafran flags were sighted at Naira Triangle, Upper Chime, Enugu.
The Enugu State police spokesman, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu who had previously signed a release indicating the willingness of the police to discountenance such move, said there was no protest in Enugu metropolis.
“It is not true. There is no protest anywhere in Enugu. We are on ground everywhere,” Amaraizu said.
However, an eyewitness told Nigerian Pilot that he saw the group moving towards Abakpa.
“I saw them wearing Biafran clothes and carrying Biafran flags. Somebody told me later that they were moving towards Abakpa from Naira Triangle area,” the source disclosed.
The Enugu State government, following earlier media reports that IPOB and MASSOB members would embark on demonstration over the incarceration of Kanu, dissociated itself from the planned demonstration.
Commissioner for Information, Dr. Godwin Uduhele in a release had warned youths to avoid acts capable of breaching the peace in the state.
To ensure that no demonstration took place, police personnel were stationed at different locations in Enugu metropolis to ward off a possible break down of law and order in the Coal City.
A source who preferred anonymity said police threat would not stop the peaceful protesters from demonstrating, “after all they are not violent but are merely asking for the release of one of their leaders,” he pointed out.