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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Biafra Protesters Land In Trouble

Enugu Police Command has arrested eight members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) for defiling the directives of the police on protest for the release of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
Ebere Amaraizu, the police public relations officer,‎ a deputy superintendent of police  had on Sunday issued a strong warning warned against their protest but they refused.
The eight members were allegedly arrested while marching on the streets of Enugu in protest of the continued detention of their leader.

The Daily Sun reports that the IPOB members who have been remanded in prison custody after they were arraigned at an Enugu Magistrate Court flouted the police order.
”In spite  warning by the Enugu state police command following intelligence information, for any person agitating the prosecution of Nnamdi Kalu at a court in Abuja, some misguided fellows in their numbers assembled at Naira Triangle Enugu on Monday 18th January, 2016, bearing flags and other materials designating Biafra,” police spokesperson said.
Amaraizu claimed the protesters were first ordered to disperse but refused. According to him, their recalcitrance of the IPOB members made the police to arrest some of them while the others fled.
”The arrested persons include Nwangwu Friday (m) of 26 years, Chekwube Eneta (m), 28 years, Chigozie Mba, 29 years, Isaiah Ogazi (m), 28 years, Onyekachukwu Uzoma, 43 years, Onyemalu Princewill (m), 26 years, Israel Ani, 18 years and Ugwuobu Kelechi, 24 years,” he said.
Investigations by the police revealed that many of the IPOB members were non-indigenes hired to be in Enugu for the unlawful assembly and procession.

The suspects were charged to Magistrate Court 111, Enugu East, in charge number CME 121C/2016 on 19/1/16 for the alleged offences mentioned.
However, the accused persons were all pleaded not guilty and remanded in prison custody while the case was adjourned till February 10.