Biafra supporters who gathered in Enugu state to take part in activities to mark the Biafra Remembrance Day met with police resistance.
Over 40 of them were reportedly arrested by the police.
Ralph Uwazurike the leader of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), expressed anger over the development, describing it as unwarranted.
Uwazuruike called for the immediate release of his members, saying they would not participate in the sit-at home slated to hold on May 30, 2017.
Mr Ebere Amaraizu, the spokesman of the Enugu state police command, confirmed the arrest and said the pro-Biara agitators were earlier warned not to embark on any violent protest.
He said the BIM members defied the order and that the police had to arrest them.
Amariaizu said in a statement: “No fewer than fourty one persons suspected to be members of the Biafran Independence movement (BIM) were nabbed by security operatives of the command from various parts of Enugu metropolis in the morning of Monday 22/5/15 based on intelligence information that they were about to conduct themselves in a manner likely to cause the breach of peace. Investigations into their alleged activities have begun.”
The police spokesman also said:
“Plans by some group masquerading under the aegis of Biafran Independence Movement (BIM) amongst others, to embark on violent protest within the state and its environs which is capable of disturbing the already existing peace in the state, as hoodlums may as well cash in on that to wreck havoc on the law abiding citizens of the state.
“In view of the above, the command advises on the need for members of the public to be law abiding by shunning any act capable of bringing them in conflict with the law as anyone caught will be made to face the consequence in accordance with the relevant sections of the law.
“The command advises members of the public to go about their normal lawful businesses.”
Meanwhile, in a bid to show his solidarity with the people of Ebonyi state, an oyinbo staff of the British High Commission in Nigeria wore a traditional Igbo attire.
The UK diplomat seemed to have found a way to relate to the culture of his hosts, with the easy way he ‘blended’ in at a recent event.