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Police arrest IPOB & MASSOB Members in Ebonyi

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The Police in Ebonyi on Saturday confirmed the arrest of some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in various parts of the state for alleged unlawful sensitisation programme. The command’s spokesman, DSP Jude Madu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday that the arrested suspects also included members of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB). Madu said that the suspects were arrested for unlawfully sensitising the public to stay at home on May 30, in observance of the group anniversary:

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.

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 recognized 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 advised the groups that not everybody was interested in issues concerning secession as people still remember the horrors of the civil war and other upheavals in the country after then. According to him, they should realise that most people are not interested in their preaching, therefore, they should not force anybody to be involved in their illegal and unlawful practices. Madu called on traditional rulers and town unions across the state to assist the police in sensitising the people and provide relevant information about the group’s activities:

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 heeding 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.

A NAN Correspondent who visited the state police command reports that the arrested IPOB members were upbeat and chanting solidarity songs.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

2 Comments

  1. Tracy Edward

    May 27, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    They are so young. Use your life to do something positive. Build your STATE. Build NIGERIA, don´t use your GOD given TIME of your life on things like this, life is short, use it wisely and carefully. Jesus is coming sooon. Not to forget see what is happening in south Sudan after they seprated from Suden-War, war war……….. God bless Africa, Amen. War is not goodooooo. I love my Nigeria. Nigeria people, please use your tal.ent and intelligent, because Nigeria people are blessed with wisdom und intelligent, so target this on something that will bless and bring the country forward and not backward. God bless Nigeria.

  2. nnenne

    May 28, 2017 at 12:26 am

    Who said they are declearing war? Am a Nigerian but May 30th is officially a stay home day for me. I shall reflect and remember my fallen ancestors killed because of military coup and counter coup. Th only coup in Nigeria that led to pogrom and loss of lives of innocent, unarmed civilians. If I don’t remember them, who will? .
    Peace! !!

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