Biafra burns down 8 trucks and 1 mosque
We reported earlier that the city of Onitsha was on lock down following mass protests carried out by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who are calling for the release of their director, Nnamdi Kanu. At the height of the protest, the Niger bridge barricaded and vehicles were refused exit or entry into the commercial city.
Reports reaching us indicate the protesters have largely dispersed and that traffic has started flowing freely, with exasperated travellers heaving sighs of relief.
Sadly, the lifting of the blockage showed the hulks of not less than 8 Dangote trucks bearing cement, allegedly looted and burnt down by IPOB protesters. Unconfirmed reports suggest that the mosque at the Onitsha Main Market was also set ablaze by arsonist believed to either be sympathetic to IPOB.
Meanwhile, IPOB has come out to deny any links to the arsons, claiming their 'peaceful protests' were hijacked by hoodlums.