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Police Arrest Supporters of Radio Biafra Director in Anambra

Moremi Elekwachi

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ProtestScores of people in Anambra who were protesting the recent arrest of Radio Biafra director Nnamdi Kanu, were on Tuesday arrested by the Anambra State police in various areas of Awka in Anambra State.

The protesters, including women, carried placards with various inscriptions, and marched to the Government House, demanding Kanu’s release. However, as they approached their destination, policemen stationed at the place fired sporadically in the air, threw teargas canisters to scare them, and arrested many of them Vanguard reports.

protest 2Speaking on the development, Anambra State coordinator of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Ikechukwu Okoye, said, “we are only agitators who obey the laws of the land. This is democracy and there is freedom of speech and freedom of movement. Why would anybody detain our leader and in the process be demanding bail fee of N2million. We have not come to fight anybody because we are peace makers.”

In response, Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Hosea Karma, said, “there is nothing like Indigenous People of Biafra. Those people constituted nuisance on the high way and that was why they were picked. Right now, I do not know the number of people that were picked, but I want to assure the people that anybody who disturbs the peace that exists in this state will not go unpunished.”

Photo Credit: Biafra Times

Moremi Elekwachi is a Media and Communications expert. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia, and a Master’s Degree in Communication Management (with a concentration in Marketing communication) from the University of Southern California.She is Founder and Lead Publicist at Euphorique PR, a leading full-service Public Relations & Marketing Communications company that helps individuals, companies and public figures effectively communicate, engage, and build relationships with their target audiences & stakeholders via digital media and traditional media platforms.Prior to establishing Euphorique PR, Moremi gathered a wealth of experience, working at prestigious media companies both at home and abroad including Wondros (Los Angeles, CA), Wildflower PR, and also BellaNaija, where she served as News Editor & Head of Business Development.Moremi is also the founder of www.queenmoremi.com, a fresh platform dedicated to empowering and celebrating the modern African millennial woman, as she strives to live her best life.In her spare time, she loves to write, gossip about popular culture, and sing her heart out.@queenmoremi: Twitter@queenmoremi: Facebook @queenmoremi: Instagram

18 Comments

  1. Missy J

    October 21, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Thank you Mr Commissioner. However we must be careful when dealing with issues like this in order not to spark violence.
    Your so called director resides in a Country where its government works and his future use to be secured but here you’re anguishing in sufferings because of our failed government(South-East). Good energy, wrong channeling.
    Biafra ko! Gawafra ni!

    • COURAGE

      October 27, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      why is the so call nigeria soilders fighting woman? why are they so afriad of this biafra? talking about change who has change in niger? has imo state government change the lives of imo state people? why did SHEKUN the boko haram leader tell our president you can deceive the world but not Allah? NO man that suck his mother breast can look at his mother eye to eye and shout her is only the foolish once ,so niger police are you not foolish? dont deserve to be called a police? change indeed. Nnamdi kanu is the only leader that has truth as far as am concern that is why niger leaders hate him. My joy is buhari know the truth nd he will never love other tribe more that hausa. how many northerns has been PROBE am sure they all are Saint like our President.

  2. candid

    October 21, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Missy J I will advise you to shut up next time if you don’t have anything to say. We claim we are a democratic nation but you are arresting people that are peacefully protesting.

    • Damilola

      October 21, 2015 at 2:41 pm

      @candid

      Peacefully protesting for someone who incites violence and war, thats not what democratic nation should stand for. This radio station is nothing but foolishness. If you want to be pro Biafra, that’s your opinion but not the way this coward is doing it. Why don’t these people protest for important causes in their state affecting their everyday lives. #misplacedpriorities#

  3. mabel

    October 21, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Peacefully protesting what Biko? These people don’t know what war is oh.. I am Igbo, but I do not support this radio biafra. Have you listened to them try to incite violence and divide nigeria? Do you know that the protesters in ph were singing “Buhari is a goat” What is the meaning of all this? Igbo’s have the same opportunity as other tribes, we should make good use of it, and stop all this. It’s not like we can even be united if we are given our own country..

    • Busarni

      October 21, 2015 at 9:29 am

      Mabel, please shut up! As if they did not call Jonathan worst names. Don’t hide behind your system and be claiming Igbo. I can as well claim ibo since my maternal is; we Nigerians pretend a lot and feign Ignorance on real issues. They have a right to protest so far it is not violent.
      Buhari should tread cautiously because his hatred for the ibos is not news. This is democracy…

    • problem country

      October 30, 2015 at 8:39 am

      thank you busarni, him and others, their Igbo hate will put this country in serious trouble if they don’t stop.

    • Jaygirl

      October 21, 2015 at 12:44 pm

      Mabel, you will live long….and oh I’m Igbo too.

    • Ovadje

      October 21, 2015 at 1:55 pm

      @Mabel, while I totally agree with you that people should not be allowed to incite violence (although I am not sure that simply asking for the release of someone is actually “inciting violence” – even if that person himself incites violence), but I completely DISAGREE with you that anyone should ever be arrested for saying “Buhari is a goat” (or “Fill-in-the-Blank is a Cow”)! First, PMB is NOT a god or monarch or a sovereign, but merely an elected public SERVANT whose sole source of authority is derived from the people (through ‘their’ Consttitution). But more importantly, even unpleasant SPEECH should be protected in any supposedly democratic and (relatively) free society. The only acceptable counter to any non-violent idea in any civilized country is a BETTER idea. Accordingly, while I do not support any of these Biafra or other secessionist movements, those of us who think that Nigeria should remain one united country need to convince others why it should!

    • problem country

      October 30, 2015 at 8:38 am

      Lmao, I pity you mabel, open your eyes. upon everything book haram has been doing how many of them have u seen arrested and really charged? not all this show the govt is pretending to be doing oh, but when it comes to igbos they have strength. so the way ur people are being treated and the things being said against them doesnt bother you? wow. igbos have the same rights abi? just wait, with the way things are going it may not be so anymore. kai some igbos are stupidly blind kraaaaa.

  4. IAmNigerianIAmIgbo

    October 21, 2015 at 10:05 am

    You Cannot ‘ peacefully protest” what is a treasonable offence under the Constitution.
    And please, let’s not shout down or insult anyone who expresses a contrary opinion to yours. It does nothing for your cause.
    Moving on, I’m Igbo and proudly so. However, I’d be the first to decry the anarchy being promoted by a few people with a misplaced sense of entitlement, seeking handouts from the government.
    We’ll be there claiming Jewish ancestry… Even after slavery, holocaust and horrors untold, the Jewish people are taking names!Thriving in spite of adversity, rather than making excuses and trying to get the world to do them favors.
    Lion no fit born goat. Nke anyi, o ga diziche? Why are we not thriving? Why has the eastern part of Nigeria not become the next focus of the commercial world? Of industry? Technology? The Arts? We haven’t developed our homes and we’re fighting that we should be given the chance to rule kingdoms.
    That said, why is it so hard for us as Nigerians to develop a sense of National pride, where we can develop an environment where we and the children after us can celebrate our glorious diversity, as well as the genuine contributions each tribe make to building the nation? It’s really not that hard.

    • problem country

      October 30, 2015 at 8:43 am

      iamnigerian, do you not know that the vendetta against ndigbo will stop these things u mentioned from being achieved? ppl are so quick to condemn biafrans but will never say anything about the hate and mistreatment the igbos face in nigeria. carry on.

  5. mabel

    October 21, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Darling Bursani, that I refuse to agree with your views should not encourage your barbaric tendencies. Asking me to shut up is totally uncalled for. I still stand on my view that there is no need for Biafra, and that doesn’t make me less of an Igbo person. Meanwhile, control yourself, this is not a cat fight.

    • Ovadje

      October 21, 2015 at 1:59 pm

      @Mabel, ironically approving the arrest of peaceful protesters is encouraging the “barbaric tendencies” of the State (and its police arm) towards those who refuse to agree with the govt’s views.

    • COURAGE

      October 27, 2015 at 1:55 pm

      mabel dont say there is no need for biafran, there is a need for biafran yes. we have had it enough. where does it happen in the whole world that police will be killing people that are doing peacful demonstration is only in niger and we said we are in democracy. we are not unitied nd we cant be. you dont move with someone that hate you or do you? am against the arrest and killing people for no reason who ever that surport what those police men did to those woman may it be so to him /her, in his eyes his mother and female children will be kill, his wife will be shout by the same police no power can change this in chukwu okike abiama ise.

  6. oghenekevwe

    October 28, 2015 at 9:52 am

    This is exactly the prophecy Pope franchise from Rome said about Nigeria, everyday governors wahala, ministerial screening wahala, house of assembly wahala, boko hara wahala, biafra wahala. Buhari should think and do fast before the own world will blame him for lack of knowledge.

  7. bashebony

    October 28, 2015 at 10:34 am

    The igbos always cry of marginalisation as if they deserve any better than other majority or minority groups. Truth be told, even if they break away today; they can still not live in peace and harmony. sorry to say but an average Ibo man or woman cares about nothing but what they can get for themselves…. How can they even think of leading any independent state when they cannot even come to a mutual understanding between themselves, an Owerri man will tell you he is the real Igbo man, Nnewi will claim same, Ngwa people will cry of been neglected as well. All these resources they’re putting together to create Biafra why not help the government to develop Nigeria with it and see if this country will not be a success.
    Since hurricane, earthquakes, volcanic eruption and other natural disasters cannot locate us, should we now use our own greed to cause man made destructions upon ourselves and generation unborn?
    Well what do I know! we only live but once, so I will live the best out of it irrespective of where I fall because after all the struggles and hustle all we shall end up with is nothing but SIX FEET! One love… and hey all the best to the Biafra agitators And long live to Federal Republic of Nigeria for our beauty is in our diversity…Ciao!

    • problem country

      October 30, 2015 at 8:46 am

      but what if the other tribes hate u? what if they do not wish you well? how do you want Igbo people to do? hmmm what I know is there can never be a one nigeria

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