The police in Bayelsa has arrested over 100 members of the Biafra Nations Youth League (BNYL), who were on their way to the inauguration of Biafra National Council (BNC) in the state, Igbere TV reports.
Igbere TV had previously reported that ex Deltan militant, Asari Dokubo, in a statement, said he was inaugurating the BNC to support the IPOB’s Biafra movement and agitation.
An official of the group, Geoffrey Nwosoriba, who confirmed the development to Igbere TV, said the members were on their way to the event when they were arrested and whisked away.
Nwosoriba, who doubles as Secretary to the BNC, said; “I escaped from the arrest along Bayelsa junction. Right now about 100 of our members have been taken to State CID in Yenagoa.
“The Police has not explained what our offences are.”
Meanwhile, some angry Bayelsan youth, on Saturday, chased out Asari Dokubo from venue of the inauguration of the BNC, disrupting the exercise, Igbere TV reports.
Igbere TV gathered that trouble started when Chairman of the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC), Kennedy Olorogun, got wind of the meeting and mobilized his council members and other youths to the venue of the gathering.
Olorogun was said to be angry that Dokubo chose Bayelsa, a homogeneous Ijaw state, to hold such meeting and ordered the founder of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force (NDPVF) to leave the state or face the wrath of the youths.
He alleged that Dokubo gathered over 300 persons from across the states in the South-East and South-South regions to hold the meeting.
According to him, the meeting was reportedly convened under the auspices of the Biafra National Council (BNC) and not the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Olorogun said over 300 persons including Dokubo were already gathered at a hotel in Yenagoa when he led Ijaw youths to the place.
He said quarrel ensued between him and Dokubo when he told the former militant leader that the meeting would not hold in Ijawland.
“When we got the information, we stormed the venue of the meeting to stop them.
“They tried to resist us but we told them we were prepared for them because we will not allow any part of Bayelsa to be used for a meeting calling for the actualisation of Biafra.
“I wonder why Dokubo decided to bring such meeting to Bayelsa. But we stopped them.
“It was getting out of hand but the police intervened to stop possible violence. My happiness is that we stopped the meeting from holding,” he told journalists.