The Rivers State Command of the Nigeria Police has confirmed the arrested of 65 suspected members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) for staging a rally last Friday to mark the inauguration of new United States of America (USA) President Donald Trump.
The state Commissioner for Police, Mr. Francis Odesanya, told journalist at the weekend that the suspects were arrested over the unlawful protest, which he described as a treasonable offence.
Francis, who was represented by the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations), Ahmed Magaji, dispelled the claims that his men shot at IPOB supporters during the rally
Magaji who led the police team during the operation, explained that the even when IPOB did seek permission to embark on the protest, the police ensured orderly dispersal of the rampaging youths.
He said: “Suspected members of IPOB took the law into their hands, organised and staged an unlawful protest in the Port Harcourt metropolis, thereby disturbing the peace of the state, disrupting the free flow of traffic.
“About 65 of them were arrested at different points within the metropolis, being suspected members of Indigenous People of Biafra.
“Our men used minimum force in containing the protesters. No casualty was recorded, no death recorded,” Magaji said.
But the counsel to IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, said that the pro-Biafra supporters did not conduct themselves in an unlawful manner.