Angry pro-Biafra protesters yesterday vented their anger on residents of Oyigbo City in Rivers State as they harassed, intimidated and forced them to close their businesses and join in the protests. The protesters who were mainly youths were angry over the continued detention of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu, by the Directorate of State Services (DSS).
They carried placards with different inscriptions such as; “free Kanu now”, “please don’t kill our leader”, “release Kanu to attend to his health”. It turned violent when they started beating up, harassing and intimidating those that refused to identify with them. Shops and business owners were forced to close. It took the intervention of Rivers State government and law enforcement agents to save the situation. Rivers State Commissioner for Information, Dr Tam George, in a press statement issued in Port Harcourt yesterday condemned the harassment and intimidation of residents of the state in the name of pro-Biafra protests. He said the ban on illegal processions remained in force and vowed that government would deal with anybody that flouts the order. “It has come to the attention of the Rivers State government that some pro-Biafra agitators have resorted to illegal procession and assaulted law abiding citizens and residents of the state”, he said. “Governor Nyesom Wike strongly condemns the acts of criminality perpetrated by pro-Biafra agitators by whatever name in the Oyigbo area of the state,” he said. He added that the state government had directed all security agencies in the state to arrest and prosecute the agitators who flout the ban on illegal and separatist processions and demonstrations in the state and urged residents to remain calm and law abiding.Angry