The train of the IPOB protesters has finally landed in Alaba International market, Ojo, Lagos, as thousands of youths carrying Biafran flag and wearing its T-shirts stormed the market yesterday afternoon.
It was learned that the protesters demanded that traders should shut down the market today and join them in the protest.
According to one of the protesters, “we are protesting the continued detention of Kanu, by DSS in Abuja. The treacherous DSS is holding him against court orders. The protests will continue until the Buhari regime does the needful.”
Also, yesterday, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, said they could not hold their proposed protest, which was widely publicized to hold yesterday in Onitsha and other parts of South East because members of the two pro-Biafra agitators were waiting for the verdict of the court over the release of Radio Biafra Director Mr. Nnamdi Kanu.
This was disclosed by the National Secretary of MASSOB Mr. Ugwoke Ugwoke, while addressing newsmen. He, however, said that the protest took place in Abakiliki, the Ebonyi State capital, adding they were also careful not to play into the hands of the security agents, who had been detailed to unleash terror on them like they did over three weeks ago when nine people were shot dead and I8 injured in Onitsha.
Protesters ground Alaba (Lagos), Aba
It is, however, a different story in Lagos as protesters, yesterday, grounded vehicular and commercial activities at the Alaba International Market, Ojo Local Government Area, Lagos, in a mega rally to call for the immediate and unconditional release of Radio Biafra Director and leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.
Thousands of protesters blocked roads and caused traffic jam on the ever busy routes to Alaba international market shouting solidarity songs and bearing placards in support of the detained radio Biafra boss, Nnamdi Kanu.
IPOB had earlier disclosed in a statement that it would hold its rally along the Alaba International Market axis, as well as visit several embassies and High Commissions, the Amnesty International and UN offices, on Victoria Island and Ikoyi axis of Lagos, to deliver protest letters.
Armed policemen were at the scene of the protest to ensure there was no break-down of law and order.
In Aba, Abia State, the pro- Biafra protesters embarked on a protest march, grounding economic activities in the city.
Speaking to journalists, leader of IPOB, Anayochukwu Opara, said the protest would continue today if Kanu is not released by the Federal Government and vowed that no force is capable of stopping them.
The protest, which saw the group march through major streets of Aba, caused heavy traffic as motorists moved at snail speed. Some of the protesters adorned pro-Biafra emblems and Kanu’s portraits, singing anti- Nigerian government songs ‘Nigeria is for Sale.’
Others were seen selling Biafra emblems for a fee.
Unlike past pro -Biafra protests in the city, markets and business centres were open as residents went about their normal duties unmolested.