Members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) yesterday, stormed the streets of Aba, the commercial center of Abia State in protest to demand the immediate release of Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, the director of Radio Biafra.
But it did not go as they planned, because what was supposed to be a peaceful protest suddenly turned bloody as soldiers of the 144 Battalion of the Nigerian Army reportedly opened fire on members of the IPOB, killing a member of the group known as Chidozie Okafor, a 20-year-old apprentice who according to Naij, was returning to his masters’ shop after having his lunch at a buker on St. Michael’s road by York when the tragic incident happened.
This led to the closure of local markets, schools and banks in the commercial city of Aba.
According to The Biafra Herald,
“the blood of innocent unarmed Biafrans peacefully protesting and demanding the release of our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu flooded major roads and streets in the Enyimba city. Not less than twenty five hilux vans fully loaded with soldiers and police armed to the teeth swiftly surrounded the people and open fire. Many were killed, scores wounded and more arrested and taken to unknown destination.”
The reason for the protest, Nnamdi Kanu was arrested on October 17, 2015 by Department of State Services(DSS) operatives, shortly after he arrived Nigeria from his base in the United Kingdom, which prompted over one month protests after he was arraigned secretly at Wuse 2 Magistrate’s Court presided over by Justice Shuiabu, who granted him bail on October 19, but he was never freed.
Kanu’s continued detention however, has led his supporters staging protests in various parts of the country to demand his release.
Protesters also stormed major streets of Asaba, Delta State in peaceful protest against the continued incarceration of Mr. Kanu. The protest hampered both social and economic activities in the city, causing unimaginable traffic on the ever busy Nnebisi Road.
A source told newsmen that the security agencies co-operated with them, and that they were not harassed as in the past.
“This protest is happening in Asaba alone by members of IPOB, this is a peaceful protest for the release of our leader, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu from prison. We will continue to remain on the streets until he is freed”.