On Friday, there were protests in Abia against the ongoing arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the banned Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Crowds swarmed main roadways in Abia State, criticizing the separatist leader’s arrest despite a court’s decision to release him.
Kanu has been in the custody of the Department of Security Service (DSS) in Abuja since he was arrested in Kenya and brought back to Nigeria in June 2021.
The Court of Appeal had on October 13 ordered the IPOB leader’s release, having dismissed the remaining six-count charge levelled against him by the federal government.
The federal government had asked the Court of Appeal to stay the execution of the judgment discharging Kanu, pending the resolution of an appeal it filed at the Supreme Court.
The protesters, mainly youths, demanded the immediate release of Kanu, describing his arrest and detention as uncalled for and totally unacceptable.
They chanted songs of grievances and displayed placards that bore various inscriptions such as “Freedom for Biafra, free Nnamdi Kanu”, “We are not terrorists, we are freedom fighters”, “We are tired of intimidation and harassment by the Nigerian Government”, “Biafra on the move.”