Police set for mass arrest of people linked to IPOB

Posted by Ugochukwu Alaribeaba | 17 September 2017 | 2,003 times

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Abia State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Anthony Ogbizi, has warned that anybody found with Biafra emblem will be arrested and charged to court.

Ogbizi, who stated this while parading seven suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, explained that with the proscription of the group by the South East governors, it has become illegal for anyone to operate under IPOB or adorn Biafra emblems.

He lamented that one of the injured officers, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP, serving at the Ariaria Police Station, has died out of the injuries he sustained during the attack.

The CP, who had earlier visited the burnt Ariaria Police station in company of the Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG, in charge of Operations, Force headquarters, Taiwo Lakanu, accused IPOB of engaging in violence and propaganda under the guise of agitation for Biafra.

“Nnamdi Kanu and his brother engage in photo-shopping. They thrive through propaganda. They say IPOB is an armless group doing protests, but you have seen it yourself that the group is violent. They set bonfires on the road and attack with offensive weapons. IPOB destroyed the Ariaria Police Station; they were armed with petrol bombs which they used to destroy the Police Station and exhibit vehicles. They also carted three pump action rifles and threw a petrol bomb on a patrol vehicle conveying MOPOL men. You can see the destruction of commercial vehicles.

“IPOB coordinated these attacks from Nnamdi Kanu’s house. IPOB members confronted the military at Isiala Ngwa. Look at the attack on the bank, we don’t know the motive. IPOB going to this extent cannot be said to be a non-violent organisation. Anybody that abets, finances, encourages or associates with IPOB will be arrested.”

The CP also stated that IPOB attacked the area where the AIG zone 9, Commissioner of Police, the Speaker and the Attorney General of the State resides, with petrol bombs, describing the attacks as well planned. He, however, denied that Nnamdi Kanu’s parents are being detained by the police in the state.

•Text courtesy of Vanguard.


Source: News Express

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