Men of the Nigeria Police were seen providing cover to the proscribed Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) during a protest.
POLITICS TIMES recalls that the separatist group fighting for an independent state of Biafra was outlawed by the federal government in 2017.
The action was taken to curtail the growing influence of IPOB across the South East region after its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, ran away from his country home in Abia State.
Mr Kanu was smuggled out of the country when personnel of the Nigerian Army stormed his residence to cart off the separatist leader. This was after a clash between the separatist group and the military which resulted in casualties.
Since it was proscribed, the growing influence has whittled down especially in the region. As the presidential election draws near, the group has reared up its head calling for the boycott of the general election slated to commence next week.
It started with Kanu appearing in Isreal last year after a year long disappearance from public glare. The IPOB leader promised to come back to the country with hell. He is yet to do so.
He recently claimed Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is from Cameroon. This was after his earlier insinuation that President Muhammadu Buhari, who seeks a second term in office on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC), is an imposter from Sudan.
In a trending video clip posted on the internet, members of the group precisely from Aba area of Abia State were seen protesting.
While the protest was ongoing, police personnel who are supposed to thwart the protest and arrest the members of the proscribed group were seen providing cover for the protesters.
This has led critics of the APC led administration doubting if the separatist group was not being sponsored to renew its campaign of election boycott to pave way for the rigging of the general election.
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