Following the killing of police officers by the members of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) who yesterday went violent during a protest that ought to be peaceful in some states in the south-east and south-south, the Inspector-General of the Nigerian Police, Solomon E. Arase, has ordered the Assistant Inspectors General of Police and the Commissioners of Police in the affected area to disarm members of the group operating firearms immediately.
The IGP gave the order on Tuesday in a statement signed by the Force Public Relation officer, ACP Olabisi Kolawole, where he noted that the targeted attacks on Police personnel, who have been performing their statutory functions in the most professional and civil manner since the latest resurgence disorder, portrays that the IPOB activists who are orchestrating the insurrection, have crossed the threshold in their misguided attempt to test the common will of the nation.
He has also directed the arrest of any member of the group found in possession of firearm and bring him/her to deserved justice, while all IPOB activists arrested in connection with the killing of the Policemen should be charged to court for murder.
Part of the statement read:
“Following the manifestation of the disposition of the armed Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) activists to undertake premeditated attacks on Police officers engage in operations aimed at restoring public order in States in the South-East and South-South geopolitical zone of the country, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon E. Arase, fdc, NPM, has directed the Assistant Inspectors General of Police and the Commissioners of Police in the affected area to disarm members of the group operating firearms immediately.”
The Biafra Day rally which held in some south-east states yesterday to mark the 50th anniversary of the declaration of the Biafra republic had turned bloody as members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) were said to have clashed with security operatives in Onitsha and members of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and policemen clashed in Asaba, Delta State capital. The two clashes have left no fewer than 30 persons dead and several others injured.
Condemning the killing of its members, MASSOB leader, Mr. Uchenna Madu, said the federal government should look into the massacre with a view to arresting the situation, warning that the Biafran agitators might be forced to take up arms in self defense should the security forces continue to kill defenseless IPOB and MASSOB members.