Traders’ harassment by military can’t stop Biafra actualisation – IPOB
By Phil Okose, Onitsha
The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has condemned the alleged harassment of traders who, in solidarity with Nnamdi Kalu, the IPOB leader’s court appearance, refused to open for business on Monday July 26 at various markets, especially in Orlu, Imo state.
IPOB spokesman, Emma Powerful, made the condemnation while reacting to the alleged harassment, saying that the traders committed no crime, known to law, by not opening for business for whatever reason and queried “why will the Nigeria Army descend so low as to intimidating Biafra traders who, on their own volition, decided to solidarise with our leader?”
he argued that “It is their fundamental right to determine when to open for business and what to do with their time, more so when nobody compelled them.”
“Soldiers locking market gates in Owerri , Orlu and other places, chasing people out of market because they solidarised with our leader is madness taken too far. What a shame for soldiers to abandon their duty posts and begin to chase innocent Biafran traders around! We are worried about the incessant parading of innocent youths in Biafra land by police and tagged them ESN or unknown gunmen. We are deeply concerned how Mr Abutu Yaro the police Commissioner Imo State would be harassing innocent Biafrans on false allegations.”
He said that, “the Nigeria Government and her army and police must know that those people they were illegally parading are not IPOB or ESN members, especially the persons they claimed to have caught at Amaraku in Isiala Mbano local government area, Imo state.”