20th January, 2017
Thousands of Biafra supporters on Friday defiled the order by the Rivers State Police Command not to stage any solidarity march for the new American president, Donald Trump, in Port Harcourt.
Some of the marchers who came from the commercial city of Aba in Abia State were joined by their Rivers State counterparts.
They marched through the busy Port Harcourt-Aba Expressway where they overpowered policemen who mounted a blockade.
As they marched along the busy road, they caused serious traffic jam.
They were carrying flags of the Indigenous People of Biafra, the USA flag and photographs of Donald Trump.
The population of the demonstrators increased as they approached First and Second Artillery Junctions. They were also joined by members of the Ikokwu Motor Spare parts Dealers Association.
However, they met a tough resistance from soldiers drawn from the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army at the Garrison Junction along Aba road who dispersed them by firing shots into the air.
The marchers scampered for safety and dispersed.
One of the IPOB members, Nnaana Okoye, who sustained injury when they were dispersed said: “We are demonstrating for the new American President, Donald Trump because he loves Biafra and he would force President Buhari to set free our leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
“We are optimistic that Trump will support the people of Biafra to achieve their dream of being on our own as a republic.”
It was not clear if arrests were made as at the time of filing this report.
Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt