Pro-Trump rally: Police confirm arrest of 65 IPOB members in Rivers

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.

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