Some supporters of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu have been reported to have blocked strategic roads in Onitsha and Nnewi, Anambra State, in protest against the trial of Nnamdi Kanu on Monday, 26th July, 2021 in Abuja.
Recall that TheNewsBeam reported that Kanu was arrested on Sunday, 27th June 2021, through the joint efforts of the Nigerian Intelligence and Security Services in order to continue facing trial after disappearing, while on bail regarding 12 count charge against him.
The count charge which include count charge bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony, managing an unlawful society, publication of defamatory matter, illegal possession of firearms, improper importation of goods, among others.
Following his rearrest, reactions has spurred from different individuals and organizations both home and abroad.
However, the latest reaction from IPOB is the reported compulsory sit at home order in the South-East States today, Monday, 26th July 2021 in protest against the trial of Nnamdi Kanu in Abuja.
According to Sources in Onitsha, youths suspected to be members of IPOB made bonfire in most streets, while also ordering vehicles entering the city to turn back.
Shops, markets and offices were reported to be under lock in Onitsha, while streets were deserted.
Another source, said, “We heard it yesterday( Sunday) as a rumour that there would not be market today (Monday), but this morning we found out that people were making bonfire everywhere in the city.
“Nobody has spoken to us about what is happening, but we learnt that it is IPOB that is trying for force people to stay at home in solidarity with Nnamdi Kanu who is appearing in court today.”
According to sources from Awka: “We got the signal very late in Awka. So, we could not mobilise to protest in Awka as they are doing in Nnewi and Onitsha. That’s why noting is happening in Awka and environs.”