The Abia State Police Command has warned that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) will be treated as terrorists if their activities truncate the peace and safety of residents.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Ene Okon, gave the warning in an interview on Channels Television. He said that anyone associated with IPOB will be treated as a terrorist and dealt with accordingly.
He said: “The Nigeria Police Force in Abia will treat any person associated with IPOB as a terrorist and such a person or group of persons will be dealt with according to the law.”
Okon assured residents to go about their activities without fear, adding that security personnel have been put in strategic places to ensure peace in the state.
He said: “I am assuring the good people of Abia to disregard the illegal order and go about their normal businesses as there is every assurance of protection of lives and properties.”
The commissioner’s statement is in reaction to the May 30 sit-at-home order issued by IPOB to mourn men and women killed in the fight for Biafra.
Meanwhile reports reaching our news desk indicate that a combined team of Nigerian police, Army and Civil Defence corps stormed Bim Massob Secretariat at No1 Asaba Street Umuahia, Abia State venue of their independent celebration. In the process 10 MASSOB members were arrested including the DJ and his musical instruments made away with the sign post. Also MASSOB alleged that 10 nos. Keke tricycle, coolers containing rice and drinks were destroyed as well as chairs and tables.
The area commander Nigerian police Umuahia, Mr Onion Ekeinde, who addressed the press men around said the order was from the Abia police commissioner.
Some members of the group who spoke to us condemned the action of the police, saying they are all losers, that Biafra Nation has come to stay. ‘’No one can stop it. All thanks to God almighty for using Chief Dr Ralph Uwazurike to actualize this dream.