Ruga: Over 200 IPOB Members Protest in Abakaliki
By Chibueze Victor, Abakaliki
At least 200 persons suspected to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, this afternoon matched in the streets in Abakiliki in a peaceful protest against the establishment of RUGA settlement for Fulani-herders in any part of Ebonyi state.
However, the protesters caused uneasy traffic and movement along the major roads and streets in Abakiliki today.
It was gathered that the protest also took place simultanously in other locations in the capital city such as Kpirikpiri and Mile 50 in the state capital, Abakaliki.
Daily Newstime Correspondent observed that armed police men made of Special Anti Robbery Squad and Anti Kidnapped Squad were seen escorting the protesters especially at Gunning and Ogoja roads.
It was as well gathered that some members of the group were seen with fresh grasses on their lips while others have their hands bond together as they matched through some streets in the state.
Whereas, some members of the protesters majority among them were the elderly ones appeared with the popular Igbo traditional attire called Isiagu in Igbo dialect as others were seen on black and black wears.
The protesters were seen with placards and banners with various inscriptions such as, “we are against RUGA settlement, We say no to RUGA, we don’t have land for RUGA, No Room for RUGA settlement in Ebonyi State”, etc.
Relatively, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Loveth Odah said that tactical teams of the command have been deployed to some strategic points to maintain peace and order.
The state Police Spokesperson added that the command did not give any approval for any protest to be carried out in any part of the state; saying that the command has not made any arrest at the moment in regards to that incident.