Police in Anambra State have reportedly released about 17 alleged sympathisers of guerrilla broadcaster, Radio Biafra.
Reports said the 17 individuals were rounded up in Awka, the state capital, while protesting the arrest of Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, the operator of the radio station.
Police Public Relations Officer, Ali Okechukwu, DSP, made the claim while briefing newsmen on Monday, noting that the Police Commissioner in charge of the state “just cautioned them and asked them to go.”
The spokesman was also reported to have expressed his disappointment in the way media reported the protests
“The Anambra State Police Command has been drawn to the spurious publication on police action in the dispersal of a crowd of misguided women and men on Tuesday, 20th October, 2015, at Awka, Anambra State. It is evident that on Tuesday, 20th October, 2015, some misguided youths took to the Federal High Way Onitsha/Enugu Expressway, harassing people and blocking the high way, causing heavy traffic jam and the attendant hardship to the innocent and unsuspecting citizens and commuters.
“On the receipt of the information from well- meaning people of the state on the ugly development, the police command, oblivious of what and who were behind the sudden convergence of the crowd on the highway, dispatched police men to the scene,” he said.
Kanu was arrested on October 17 by officials from the Department of State Services who reportedly acted on a tip off after Kanu surreptitiously entered Nigeria.
He was arraigned before a magistrates’ court in Abuja where he was reportedly placed on a bail condition which he has not met.