- Ene Okon insists Nnamdi Kanu remains a wanted man in the country
- The Abia commissioner of police said Kanu will be arrested if he enters the state
- Okon said IPOB remains a proscribed groups and members will be dealt with
Ene Okon who the commissioner of police in Abia state has warned that the leader f the proscribed group, Indigenous peoples Of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, will be arrested if he sets foot in Abia state.
In an interview with The Sun, the police chief said his stance is that since IPOB remains a proscribed group, its activities will not be allowed in the state.
He said: “I have taken that stand because IPOB is an illegal organization; it has been declared as a terrorist organization. I am to enforce the law, maintain peace and order in Abia State. I can never, never allow any illegal organization in the state and anybody that belongs to such organization and carrying out any illegal activity should be treated as a terrorist and you know how terrorists are treated; I have said it and I’m repeating it. Just the other, we aborted a planned celebration of Biafra Day.
“The command that is headed by me does not know what is Biafra; we cannot have another country within a country. We remain Nigerians, living in Nigeria. So, they cannot celebrate any day, Biafra has no day to celebrate.”
On the argument that they are a peaceful group, Okon said: “That is what they believe, that is their assertion that they don’t carry arm, but the law does not say so; they have been classified as terrorist organization and that is final until they prove to the entire world that they are not a terrorist organization. But who says they do not carry arms, have you searched and did not see any arms? Do terrorists brandish arms?
“Freedom fighters in India, South Africa and some other countries fought for their freedom; did theirs take the shape of that of Nnamdi Kanu? Those ones were merely nationalists, Nelson Mandela fought apartheid, which apartheid is Nnamdi Kanu fighting in Nigeria? There are no bases for comparison what happened in India and South Africa with what Nnamdi Kanu is doing. Mandela fought against apartheid, but Kanu is carrying out hard, subversive tendencies.”
The police chief insisted that Nnamdi Kanu is still a wanted man and will face trial if he return to the country.
He said: “He is already a wanted man. You and I knew how he escaped; he is standing trial already, so, any time he steps in here and he is seen, he has to be arrested and handed over to the court to face his trial.”
Meanwhile, residents of Enugu metropolis on Thursday, May 30, went about their normal activities and disregarded the sit-at-home order given by IPOB
The outlawed group had on May 28 in a statement directed the residents to observe a sit-at-home order in memory of those who lost their lives in the Nigeria-Biafra war from 1967 to 1970.
A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent, who monitored the situation in Enugu metropolis, observed that there was no sign of compliance as the roads were busy with vehicular traffic and many people were going about their activities.
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