Paul Obiajunwo, PortHarcourt
Pro-Biafra supporters under the aegis Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) and Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) yesterday occupied the street of Port Harcourt area of Rivers to march in solidarity of Donald Trump’s inauguration.
On Friday January 20, members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) had announced their plans to hold a solidarity march in Rivers state for President Trump, and claimed that a notification to security operatives has been sent.
Though, from the day Trump was elected as American President, Biafra supporters have always expressed their support for Trump and hope he will help them achieve the actualisation for Biafra.
But the peaceful rally almost turned bloody when the military disrupted the rally at Garrison, St. John, and artillery axis of Port Harcourt beating and flogging protesters who disobeyed the order to pass through the barricaded roads.
Other supporters of Biafra did not witness any hitches during the rally depending on the route they took and how they conducted themselves.
MASSOB Director of Information, Rivers State Command, Mr. Anuken Anthony, popularly known as Tonene gave the figure of those shot and arrested as 85.
“For now, over 70 supporters of MASSOB and IPO have been arrested and about 15 of them are in the painful mood due to the bullet wounds. Our members have taken some of them to the hospital; we are praying that nothing should happen to any of them.
“I wonder where on earth the soldiers will brutalize the innocent peaceful protesters; our support for Donald Trump cannot be deterred by military intimidation and harassment. We are not violence on today’s rally we are only showing solidarity to American President who we take as one of our own.”