Police arrest 140 IPOB members

The Police Command in Enugu state has confirmed the arrest of 140 members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) within Nsukka area of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, SP Ebere Amaraizu, confirmed the arrest in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Thursday.

Amaraizu said the IPOB members, who included 130 males and 10 females, were arrested for allegedly organising unlawful procession and display of proscribed items on the streets.

He also said that they were arrested for allegedly chanting inciting songs against the nation.

He said that members of the group were arrested on Wednesday by a joint security taskforce and formally handed over to the police in Nsukka.

Amaraizu said: “Through a joint security taskforce, 140 IPOB members were arrested on Wednesday while engaging in unlawful procession and display of proscribed items against the nation.

“As at yesterday afternoon and evening, police operatives did a proper profiling of the suspects and collected confessionary statements from them as well.’’

The PPRO said that the suspects would be charged to court on Thursday after going through documentation procedures for identification.

“The police command in Enugu state is urging residents of the state to remain law abiding as security and safety is the bedrock of any progressive society,” he said.

He added that the police would ensure that law-abiding citizens would go about their activities “without fear of intimidation or molestation.”

NAN recalls that a Federal High Court in Abuja on Sept. 21, 2017, gave judicial backing to President Muhammadu Buhari’s Executive Order, which outlawed IPOB, and declared its activities as illegal and acts of terrorism.