The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has declared the just retired Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Solomon Arase wanted, directing all its members worldwide to closely monitor his movements and whereabouts.
IPOB says this is to facilitate his arrest and arraignment in the International Criminal Court, ICC, as soon as an international bench warrant is issued for his arrest.
In a press statement issued on Thursday, IPOB disclosed that the 24-hour surveillance on Arase’s movements was because of his alleged presiding over the extra-judicial killings of over 1,000 Biafrans between July, 2015 and May 30, 2016.
The statement which was signed by IPOB spokesman, Dr. Clifford Iroegbu, directs that Arase’s whereabouts must also be monitored and logged-in with the office of IPOB headquarters, Victoria, Spain.
“It is very important to keep a record of his movements so that when the ICC finally issues the long-awaited international warrant order for his arrest, it will be easy to locate, apprehend, handcuff and fly him to the Hague for prosecution at the ICC.
“If anyone happens to see him fleeing the country, please make calls to alert IPOB officials. For those who do not know the atrocious crimes committed by him (Arase), we have posted two of his pictures and the pictures of some of the victims he shot dead because we believe that pictures speak more than a thousand words.”
Recall that on May 30, members of IPOB and Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), had come out en masse to mark Biafra Day in memory of the former leader of the defunct Biafra Republic, the late Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu.
But anarchy struck when thousands of the protesters clashed with security forces in Anambra, Imo, Enugu, Abia, Delta, Cross River and Ebonyi States, leading to the deaths of dozens of people, including three policemen, several sustaining injuries, and the arrest of scores of protesters in all the states where the protests took place.
The clash left about 30 people dead and many injured in Onitsha, Anambra state. Over 50 members of the Biafran group were allegedly arrested by the military and taken to the 302 Cantonment of the Nigerian Army in Onitsha.