The residents of Owerri, the Imo State capital, were in the early hours of Monday thrown into a surprise, as members of Movement for Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra and its sister group, Indigenous People of Biafra, and combined security agents staged separate processions ahead of the May 30 “sit at home” order by the pro-Biafra agitators.
While security agents comprising the Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, State Security Services, Army and Airforce processed across major streets in Owerri and other parts of the state, the pro-Biafra activists staged a street protest across the state capital ahead of the May 30, 50th year Biafra anniversary celebration.
Singing pro Biafra songs, the secessionist groups shared hand bills which read “2017 Biafra Heroes remembrance day. We remember our fallen heroes from 1966-2017. 3.5 million Biafrans killed in Nigeria Biafra war. Over 200 IPOB members killed from 2015 till date. 30th May 2017, sit at home. Celebrating 50th Biafra anniversary”.
Amidst cheers and ovation from residents who came out to watch them, the MASSOB and IPOB members, demonstrated, clutching various Biafra insignias.
Surprisingly, they did not clash with security agents who were equally on separate procession .
Speaking to our correspondent on the phone, MASSOB leader, Uchenna Madu, said that by the procession, security Agents were helping his organization to make the May 30, celebration a huge success.
Madu, said that his group was on the streets to sensitise the people on the need to sit at home tomorrow (today) in honour of Biafra activists who died while fighting for the freedom of the Biafran people.
The MASSOB leader accused security agents of orchestrated plans to attack his group and IPOB during the celebrating, saying that “we are not deterred by what the security Agents are doing. They are instilling fear in our people thereby helping to make the celebration a success. They want to attack us tomorrow, but we are not deterred”.
The Police spokesperson in the state, Andrew Enwerem, told our correspondent on the phone, that the demonstration was called “Operation joint show of force” being carried out together by security Agents in the state on the need to go about their lawful duties and disregard the directive by the pro Biafra agitators.
He called on the people of the state to go about their normal duties, as there was no cause for the alarm.
Source: The Punch