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IPOB decries alleged harassment of traders over solidarity with Kanu


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Media and Publicity Secretary of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Comrade Emma Powerful, has faulted the alleged harassment of traders in Orlu, Imo State, for refusing to open their shops last Monday as they showed solidarity with IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who had been scheduled to face trial in an Abuja court.

He declared in a statement, yesterday, that the traders committed no crime known to the law by not opening for business.

“Why will the Nigerian Army descend so low as to intimidate Biafra traders who of their own volition decided to show solidarity with our leader? 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,” he said.


He said it was shameful for soldiers to lock the gates of markets in Owerri, Orlu and other places and chase people out of markets because they showed solidarity with Kanu.

“We are worried about the incessant parading of innocent youths in Biafra land by the police, tagging them as ‘ESN or unknown gunmen’. We are deeply concerned how Mr. Abutu Yaro, the Police Commissioner Imo State would harass innocent Biafrans and lay false allegations against them.

“The Nigeria government and her army and police must know that those people they were illegally paraded are not IPOB or ESN members, especially the innocent persons they claimed they caught at Amaraku in Isiala Mbano LGA, Imo State.”


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