Scores arrested as Judaism worshipers protest in Umuahia
By Steve Oko
Scores of Judaism adherents were Tuesday morning arrested by the police in Umuahia during a peaceful protest.
The protesters who trooped out in their thousands began the peaceful protest around 10:00am from the Hotel Damgrate axis of Library Avenue (Bank Road).
They chanted pro -Biafra songs and waved Biafra and Israeli flags.
The hundreds of thousands of adherents comprising men women and children, all decked in Jewish attires also chanted songs in Hebrew language.
But the peaceful protest turned awry when the protesters were intercepted at the Okpara Square area of the capital city as the procession made its way towards the popular Isi -Gate axis.
Heavily armed police men in over four pick -up vans intercepted the protesters and ordered them to halt the movement .
The security men immediately started firing canisters of tear gas to disperse the protesters.
Unspecified number of the adherents were arrested and whisked away by the police while others scampered for safety.
Army armoured tank and solders in pick up vans were also observed patrolling the area but they watched from a distance as police arrested the hapless Jewish worshipers.
Traders around the vicinity including Isi -Gate abandoned their ware as they fled for dear life.
Both the protesters and members of the public around the area including journalists covering the event had a full dose of the tear gas.
Reports reaching Wawa News Global desk say the Jewish adherents later regrouped to continue with the peaceful protest.
Meanwhile residents were observed hailing them as they called for the restoration of Biafra republic.
Recall that the Leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, Nnamdi kanu is also an adherent of Judaism.
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