One person was feared dead as hundreds of supporters of the Director of Radio Biafra and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, grounded commercial and vehicular activities in Onitsha, on Friday.
Onitsha, the commercial nerve centre of Anambra State, was tensed as the protesters who sent shops closing as well as banks and government officers said the protest is in a bid for the immediate release of their leader, allegedly being detained by the Department of State Services, DSS.
Kanu was arrested by the Department of State Services, DSS, on his way into Nigeria from UK in October and have not been seen since then.
For motorists and commuters passing through Onitsha, it was a hectic time as they were at a standstill for over six hours, as members of IPOB in their thousands, barricaded the entry and exit routes of the Head Bridge.
Another eye-witness, who pleaded not to be named, told Vanguard that the IPOB protesters where already taking their demonstration into Asaba, the Delta State capital, but where stopped by security operatives in the state, who had already re-mobilised on getting a tip-off of the protest.