- The Abia police command has warned IPOB to steer clear of the south-east state
- The commissioner of police in the state, Ene Okon, said anyone or group of persons associated with IPOB will be termed as a terrorist and dealt with severely
- The commissioner’s comment comes in reaction to the sit-at-home-order issued by the proscribed movement
The Abia state police command has warned the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) against any activity capable of truncating the peace and safety of the residents.
The commissioner of police in the state, Ene Okon, gave the warning in an interview on Channels Television.
He said that anyone or group of persons associated with IPOB will be termed as a terrorist and dealt with severely.
The commissioner’s comment comes in reaction to the sit-at-home-order issued by the proscribed movement, scheduled to come into effect on Thursday, May 30.
He said: “The Nigeria Police Force in Abia will treat any person associated with IPOB as a terrorist and such a person or group of persons will be dealt with according to the law.
“I am assuring the good people of Abia to disregard the illegal order and go about their normal businesses as there is every assurance of protection of their lives and properties.
“We have put measures in place for smooth inauguration of the executive governor of Abia state.”
He noted that security personnel have been put in strategic places across the state to forestall any break down of law and order.
Meanwhile, the Ethnic Nationalities Defence Organisation (ENDO) has cautioned all minority ethnic nationalities in the country to immediately set up self-defence militia to defend their lands and territories against Boko Haram terrorists and killer herdsmen.
The group made the recommendation via a statement sent to journalists and signed by its president, David Maiyami, director information and strategy, Freedom Musa and director of operations, Nehemiah Maihaikali.
It charged all ethnic nationalities to form their militia groups or be ready to lose their ancestral lands after being exterminated by either the compromised security forces or Fulani militia and terrorists.
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