Ike Nnachi, Abakaliki
The Police in Ebonyi State on Saturday violently dispersed residents who gathered in Abakaliki, capital of the State to stage a one-million man march in support of the Labour Party (LP) Presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
The ‘Obidients’ movement as the supporters are popularly called had gathered at the Pastoral Centre, Abakaliki for the march when police stormed the area and used teargas to disperse them.
The incident caused both human and vehicular traffic jam on the popular Old Enugu Road, in the capital city, on Saturday morning.
One of the supporters, Steve Ugama, said aside dispersing and tear-gassing the supporters, about five of his colleagues have been arrested by the police.
According to him, “This is inhuman and undemocratic. We have gathered here this morning for our peaceful march, all of a sudden, the police came and started tear-gassing us and arresting our people.
“They said we can’t hold the march, because Governor David Umahi asked them to stop us, that we can’t hold it. About four or our colleague have been arrested. We need help here.”
However, the supporters later regrouped in another part of the town and continued the march.
At the time of this report, they were seen along the Enugu-Abakaliki Expressway in their numbers.