NO fewer than twelve persons suspected to be members of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, were arrested by the police in Enugu. The police working on a tip-off on a planned nefarious activity by the group swooped on them and made the arrests while many others escaped.
Suspects were nabbed inside the popular Ogbete market of Enugu state as they allegedly went into the market with public address to threaten and inflict fears on the members of the public particularly the traders.
According to Enugu State police spokesman, Ebere Amaraizu the IPOB members were announcing to the traders not to come to market from Tuesday. They were warning them that if anyone is seen in the market that the person will be dealt with by the group.
“The suspects were rounded up by the operatives as the alleged threat announcement was being carried out. Recovered from suspects includes 21 handsets of different types, various leaflets in which some of them reads thus IPOB FOR THE BETTERMENT OF YOUR CHILDREN AND THAT OF YOURSELF, PLEASE SIT AT HOME ON 23/9/16, THERE WILL BE NO WORK, NO SCHOOL, NO BUSINESS, NO MARKET, FREE NNAMDI KANU, FREE BIAFRA, ALL HAIL BIAFRA.
“Also recovered includes flags suspected to be that of the group with their insignia, public address systems, one wireless microphone. Suspects are helping the operatives in their investigations and will soon be charged to court,” said Amaraizu.
Meanwhile security is beefed up by the command as people were seen Tuesday at the market conducting their business as usual. Amaraizu stated: “In the light of the above, the Enugu state command of the Nigeria police Force working in partnership with relevant security Agencies and relevant stake holders in the state, has advised members of the public, particularly law abiding people of the state not to allow themselves, children and wards to be used by any person under any guise in the state to cause mischief as anyone caught will be made to face the full wrath of the law pointing out that the command working in partnership with relevant security
“Agencies in the state is ready to ensure that law abiding members of the public are not in any way molested or precluded from going about their normal lawful businesses.” – The Nation
— Sep 20, 2016 @ 18:20 GMT