– The Nigeria police has arrested 140 IPOB members in Enugu state
– The IPOB members, which included 130 male and 10 female, were arrested for allegedly organizing unlawful procession
– They were also accused of chanting inciting songs against Nigeria and displaying proscribed items on the streets
The Enugu state police command has confirmed the arrest of 140 members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) within Nsukka area of the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, SP Ebere Amaraizu, confirmed the arrest in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Thursday, May 23.
Amaraizu said the IPOB members, which included 130 male and 10 female, were arrested for allegedly organising unlawful procession and display of proscribed items on the streets.
He also said that they were arrested for allegedly chanting inciting songs against the nation.
He said that the group was arrested on Wednesday, May 22 by a joint security task-force and formally handed over to the police in Nsukka.
His words: “Through a joint security task-force, 140 IPOB members were arrested on Wednesday while engaging in unlawful procession and display of proscribed items against the nation.
“As at yesterday afternoon and evening, police operatives did a proper profiling of the suspects and collected confessionary statements from them as well.’’
The PPRO said that the suspects would be charged to court after going through documentation procedures for identification.
“The police command in Enugu state is urging residents of the state to remain law abiding as security and safety is the bedrock of any progressive society,” he said.
He said that police would ensure that law-abiding citizens would go about their activities “without fear of intimidation or molestation.”
Meanwhile, the Abia state police command has warned IPOB against any activity capable of truncating the peace and safety of the residents.
The commissioner of police in the state, Ene Okon, who gave the warning, said anyone or group of persons associated with IPOB will be termed as a terrorist and dealt with severely.
The commissioner’s comment comes in reaction to the sit-at-home-order issued by the proscribed movement, scheduled to come into effect on Thursday, May 30.