Biafra: Tension over IPOB, MASSOB sit-at-home order

The planned sit-at-home protests organised by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) is generating tension in Southeast states of the country.

The groups have ordered the closure of markets, and restriction of movement, to celebrate the birth of Biafra and honour war heroes and slain activists.

The late Chukwuemeka Ojukwu declared the independence of the Republic of Biafra on May 30, 1967.

The civil war started on July 6, 1967 when the then Head of State General Yakubu Gowon declared war to end the secession. The 30-month-old civil war ended on January 15, 1970.

But the Nigeria Police had deployed its officers and equipment in the Southeast vowing to decisively deal with the pro-Biafra protesters.

There was deployment of anti-riot policemen at strategic locations in Enugu yesterday evening at strategic locations such as major markets and the federal and state civil service secretariats.

The Enugu State Police Command yesterday said it would deal decisively with agitators that attempt to stop people from going about their normal activities.

The Enugu state police spokesperson, Ebere Amaraizu, in a statement, said the police is working with other security agencies to forestall the breakdown of law and order.

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