Supporters of the Radio Biafra broadcaster, under the umbrella the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, resident in Rivers State have stormed the city of Port Harcourt with a heavy protest demanding the unconditional release of their leader and presenter, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu.
The protesters numbering over 5000 who were split into seven groups appeared peaceful, although, chanting war songs also called for the creation of the sovereign state of Biafra.
The agitators, mainly business men and women of Igbo extraction, said it was an act of impunity for the federal government to apprehend a man who is championing the cause of his people.
The IPOB supporters claimed that they were not part of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, adding that the IPOB is fighting true course for the emancipation of the Biafrans.
Speaking, one of the coordinators of IPOB, Mr. Chidiebre Aguodu said, “The reason for this protest is that our able chairman, the father and founder of IPOB worldwide has been held by President Muhammadu Buhari.”
“We need him to be released to us unconditionally. The protest for now is peaceful, but we need Biafra and we need freedom.
“We are armless, we have not harmed anybody and we owe nobody any apology for what we are doing, as Biafrans we stand for justice and justice will reign.
“Now our director has been held for days and we want him out and we want freedom in Biafra land.
I advice the country to allow Biafrans go because the marriage has lasted for 101 years and there was no demonstration and the battle lasted for 40 years and we have won three times, all we want now is freedom because we are tired of the marriage. Let Nigerians be Nigerians and Biafrans want to be Biafrans.
Similarly, Mr. Harrison Onyema said, “We want secession or we are ready to burn down the whole country. We will continue this disturb in all the Biafran States until justice is made to our demand for secession.
Harrison claimed, “Here is not called Port Harcourt it is called Igwuocha, a city in Biafran Nation. No Biafra, No peace.” He said
Later at the pick of the protest shooting from some security operatives caused scare around mile one axis of Port Harcourt.
The shooting started when some of the protesters invaded the Zenith Bank in Ikwere road and brought down a Nigerian flag hung in the bank premises.
This made some security operatives attached to the bank to start shooting into the air to scare off the ragging protesters.