By Ikenna Asomba Follow @ikennaasomba13
There is a brewing tension in some parts of Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, as supporters of the controversial Director of Radio Biafra and Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu have reportedly taken to the streets to protest his immediate release by authorities of the Department of State Services (DSS).
Also other parts of the country, Vanguard gathered, witnessed protests by supporters of Kanu were Enugu, Awka in Anambra State, Asaba in Delta State.
In Port-Harcourt, the IPOB members were said to have shut-down commercial and vehicular activities.
Eyewitnesses said youths occupied the streets around Igweocha, at Mile 2 Diobu, Ikeokwu junction, Aba Road by Waterlines of Port Harcourt, chanting war songs.
The protesters were said to be heading towards Cfc Furniture Company West Africa Limited, along Port Harcourt-Aba Road.
At Asaba, the irate protesters were said to have marched to the Government House, Asaba, to express their grievances.
In Awka, eye witnesses said the protest turned violent, as security operatives shot sporadically into thin air to disperse the aggrieved protesters.
An eye witness, who pleaded not to be named in print, said: “One of our mothers who were involved in the peaceful protest got shot in the left foot.”
Recall that Vanguard earlier reported that Kanu who was Saturday, arrested at Golden Tulip Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos by the DSS, after he returned from the United Kingdom had been granted bail by the Abuja Municipal Council Magistrate court.
He was secretly arraigned there by the DSS.
He was said to have yet to fulfill his bail conditions.
IBOP lawyer, Mr. Egechukwu Obetta told Vanguard that, “Nnamdi was put in the same cell with terrorists. He has a health challenge which is life threatening. He is sensitive to delicacies. He told us that he will never eat any food served by the Federal Government of Nigeria.”
However, midway into Vanguard‘s chat with the lawyer, a call came in, indicating that Kanu has been granted bail in the sum of N2 million or with surety of N2 million with a civil servant of grade level 16.
“The DSS secretly arraigned him before the magistrate’s court and he was granted bail. He is, however, yet to meet the bail conditions and that has made them to still hold him in detention,” said Obetta.
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