Mr. Ibrahim Idris, The Inspector-General of Police, has directed his men to deal decisively with Biafra agitators who ordered the closure of markets in the South-East to mark the Biafra Day celebration.
It will be recalled that various Biafran groups, including the Indigenous People of Biafra, the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra and the Biafra Independence Movement, had directed markets in the zone not to open on Tuesday in continuation of their clamour for a separate nation for the Igbo people.
But the police, in a statement by the Force spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, on Friday in Abuja, said the police were deeply concerned with the security implications “with regards to the renewed hostilities and subversive propaganda aimed at undermining law and order in the South-Eastern states.”
Moshood said the IG had directed the Commissioners of Police in the affected states and their supervising Assistant Inspectors-General of Police to place their men and equipment on red alert to deal with the Biafra agitators.
He said, “The Commissioners of Police in the affected states and their supervising Assistant Inspectors-General of Police have been directed by the IG to be strict, polite, civil and firm in dealing with the situation and put all the police personnel and anti-riot equipment on red alert to deal decisively in accordance with the law, with any eventuality from these groups.
“This is to prevent disruption of commercial activities, vehicular movements and (ensure) safety of lives and properties in some states of the federation considered to be flash/vulnerable points which have witnessed the unfortunate disturbance of public peace by these groups in recent past.”
“The planned protests and orders for market closure and illegal unilateral self-imposed restrictions of vehicular movements by these groups in the affected states should be disregarded by all well-meaning Nigerians,” the police advised.
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