The Nigeria Police has arrested some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who took to the streets and markets in Enugu calling on residents to do a sit-at-home protest.
Checkpointcharley gathers that 12 IPOB members, names withheld by police, were arrested at the Ogbete Main Market, Enugu. It is doubtful if the arrests are covered by Nigerian laws.
Police Public Relations Officer, Enugu State Police Command, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu confirmed the arrests and said the secessionists will face the law.
It is understood that pro-Biafrans stormed the market with public address systems and leaflets, asking traders stay at home on Friday, September 23 in protest against the continued detention of the group’s leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
Amaraizu said 21 mobile telephone handsets, Biafran flags and emblems were recovered from the arrested IPOB members.
Some of the leaflets read, ‘IPOB, for the betterment of your children and yourself’, ‘Please stay at home on 23/9/16’, ‘There will be no work, no school, no business, no market’ and ‘Free Nnamdi Kanu, free Biafra.’
IPOB had on Monday in a statement released by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, threatened to “further compound Nigeria’s economic misery” by bringing all economic activities in the South-East and the South-South to a halt through a sit-at-home protest in a new offensive to press for Kanu’s release from an “illegal detention.”
The sit-at-home protest is part of IPOB’s plan to stage rallies ‘in major cities of the world’ on September 23.
In the meantime, police said it had tightened security in Enugu to stop IPOB from paralyzing commercial activities.
The police spokesman assured the public that security agencies were ready to forestall possible breakdown of law and order on the day IPOB plans to stage the protest.