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The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) in Ebonyi state, the eastern part of the country on Saturday 27 May 2017 confronted and arrested members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) over purported and alleged unlawful assembly of IPOB, MASSOB members sensitization outreach to incite pandemonium in Nigeria.
The NPF Ebonyi State Command’s spokesman, DSP Jude Madu, disclosed to newsmen on Saturday that the arrested suspects were arrested for unlawfully sensitising the public to boycott Nigeria government and stay at home on May 30, 2017 in observance of the group anniversary. DSP Jude Made further stated as follows:
“They would be charged to court and the command would ensure that they are duly prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others.
“IPOB and MASSOB are illegal groups and did not get permission from the police to embark on such exercise which threatens the peace and security of the state.
“The command with the directive of the Commissioner of Police, Mr Titus Lamorde, has commenced intensive sensitization of the populace to disregard the sit-at-home directive and go about their lawful businesses,” he said.
Madu warned members of the group not to carry out outlawed activities within the state before, during and after May 30, as the full weight of the law would be brought on any defaulter.
“Any person or group found culpable would be arrested and duly prosecuted as the groups’ activities amount to mutiny or fighting a sitting and legally recognised government.
“IPOB and MASSOB are techniques developed by some individuals to gain public interest and recognition as the former is even a breakaway organ of the latter.
“These groups have not provided amenities or other forms of social security for the people they are directing to stay at home; it shows that their intentions are not sincere and must be rejected by all,” he said.
“The command has distributed various call contacts (numbers) to the public to report activities of these groups within this period, especially molestation if they refuse to heed to the stay-at-home order.
“Any gathering of two or more people propagating the IPOB/MASSOB messages or executing related activities should be promptly reported to the police for immediate actions,” he said.
Members of IPOB were arrested for the unlawful act of strategically committing an offence tantamount to felony by unlawfully outreach and sensitising the general public in the eastern part of Nigeria to boycott Nigeria government and heed to the IPOB, MASSOB call for stay at home order earmarked to start on the 30th day of May 2017 across Nigeria to mark the formation of the group Independent Peoples of Biafran which is an affront on the sovereignty of Nigeria.