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Police Halt ‘Biafra Day’ Parade In Enugu




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The Rivers State Police have frustrated an attempt by some pro-Biafra agitators stage the ‘Biafran Day’ with a plan to match through Enugu metropolis.

The members of the Biafra Independence Movement faction of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, had converged on Afia Nine, in the Obiagu area of Enugu, from where they planned to march through the city.

BIM, led by former MASSOB leader, Ralph Uwazuruike, had designated May 22 as ‘Biafran Day’, About 20 BIM members, who were dressed in Biafran colours, were apprehended  when the Police ambushed the group.

Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, the spokesperson of the Enugu State Police Command, while confirming the development, said the gathering was interrupted for ‘disrupting the peace’.

The Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Danmallam Mohammed, in a statement made available to newsmen warned against any breakdown of law and order in the state in connection with the agitation for Biafra.

According to the statement, “Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Danmallam Mohammed, has warned against any action by any individual or group of persons, under any guise, that is capable of disrupting the existing peace in the state.

“According to the commissioner of Police, anybody or group of persons caught would be made to face the full weight of the law in accordance with the relevant sections of the law.

“Danmallam advised members of the public to be law abiding and go about their normal lawful business without fear of any intimidation or molestation, as the Command’s operatives, working in partnership with sister security agencies as well as relevant stakeholders, will not condole any act capable of disrupting the existing peace in the state.”

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