The 17 individuals from the Indigenous People of Biafra Separatists (IPOB), who were captured by the Anambra State Police Command, have been discharged.
They were captured a week ago to protest the capture of the leader of Pirated Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu. Police representative Ali Okechukwu said those discharged were 13 ladies and four men. They were cautioned by the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hosea Karma, not to breach the public peace again.
A statement by Okechukwu after the arrest said: “The Anambra State Police Command has been drawn to the spurious publication on police action in the dispersal of a crowd of misguided protesters on Tuesday, Ocotober 20, at Awka.
“It is evident that on that day, some misguided youths took to the Onitsha/Enugu Expressway, harassing people and obstructing traffic, causing hardship for innocent and unsuspecting citizens as well as commuters.
“On receiving calls from well-meaning people, the police command, oblivious of what and who were behind the protest, despatched officers to the scene.
“The police presence and professional handling of the crowd dispersed them and eased up traffic.
Only a few were arrested, cautioned and released immediately same day.”