Agitators for the actualisation of a sovereign state of Biafra on Thursday held a peaceful protest in Owerri, the Imo State capital amidst tight security.
Unlike the previous protests by the pro Biafra groups, Thursday’s protest witnessed low turnout of people even as they spent the whole day parading from one location to another in the metropolis.
Among the major roads where the agitators marched were: Douglas Road, Okigwe Road, Roundabout opposite Government House, Port Harcourt Road, Wetherell Road, Orlu Road, amongst several other streets.
The protesters who were clad in attires laced with Biafran insignia carried placards and the Biafra Flag, while chanting Biafra war songs relentlessly.
Market, schools, shops and other businesses remained open all through the day while the protest lasted and people moved about their normal businesses without molestations or harassment.
As the demonstrators marched round, trucks loaded with heavily armed policemen followed them, sirens blaring, to avoid breakdown of public order as a result of the protest.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Andrew Enwerem, declined comment on the issue, while the commissioner of Police in Imo State, CP Taiwo Lakanu said he was not in the state.
It would be recalled that some members of the group were last week arrested and interrogated at the State Police Command, Owerri but were eventually released.


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