The Nigerian police reportedly said Sunday 65 people were arrested at a demonstration supporting President Donald Trump. It was organized by a group that advocates for an independent country that will be formed from regions of southeast Nigeria.
While massive demonstrations against Trump were held across the world on Friday, the day of his inauguration, the pro-independence activists from the Biafra region, who want Trump to support the creation of an independent Biafran state for the Igbo people, conducted a rally in the southern oil hub of Port Harcourt.
"Some suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) staged an unlawful protest in the Port Harcourt metropolis," Ahmed Magaji, deputy police chief of Rivers State — where the region is located — reportedly said, adding that the police had to use tear gas to disperse the crowd because the unauthorized march disrupted public order. The 65 people who were arrested were believed to be a part of IPOB and were seen carrying the movement's flags, he said.