Members and supporters of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) continued their public protest yesterday in Anambra over the detention of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu and demand for the sovereign state of Biafra.
Thousands of the protesters mostly dressed like refugees marched along the Bridge Head area of Onitsha before proceeding towards Awka old road causing serious traffic gridlock in the process.
Though the protesters were orderly and peaceful in their conduct, travelers coming from Awka were trapped along Abagana-Ogidi road for several hours as the large number of the IPOB members blocked the major road.
Security agents stationed at various strategic points were on red alert to prevent any outbreak of violence.
An IPOB member, Celestine Ezeuko who spoke with Sunday Sun said that they decided to dress like refugees to reflect the true position of the Igbo man presently in the Nigerian project.
He said that Ndigbo had no bearing under the Federal Government of Nigeria and had continued to be the sacrificial lamb at every point in the Nigerian project even as he reiterated that allowing them have freedom would be the answer.
Meanwhile condemnation has trailed the reported killing of two people in last Friday’s public protest by IPOB.
The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) in a statement issued yesterday in Onitsha described the killings as senseless and wicked act against unarmed and defenceless people.
The CLO blamed the act on the proliferation of armed group and vigilance squad in Anambra state and described a situation where people with unstable minds and character bear arms at will in Anambra as a time bomb ticking to explode.
The organization called on the state government to commence immediate steps on disarming the large number of armed guards operating in the state while ensuring that the families of the murdered victims should be given adequate compensation.