- Politicians and important people in southsouth and southeast will not have special protection
- According to the police, the special protection has been suspended till further notice
- The withdrawal is said to be connected to the attacks on security operatives in the region
Politicians in southeast and southsouth will no longer enjoy police protection according to the Nigeria Police Force High Command.
The directive followed the incessant attacks on security operatives and formations in the region by suspected members of the banned Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Tribune reports.
Specifically, the force directed its men not to accompany their principals to Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo and Rivers States until the security situation improves in these areas.
The directive read:
“Sequel to the incessant attacks on policemen and snatching of arms and ammunition by the proscribed IPOB/ESN (Eastern Security Network) elements in the Eastern states of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo States and Rivers State, COMPOL DOPS directs you warn personnel that escort of their principals to the six eastern states is suspended forthwith until the security situation improves. Ensure strict compliance, please.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the second-in-command to the late Ikonso, the neutralised commander of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Eastern Security Network (ESN), has been arrested.
The director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, disclosed this in a statement. Awurum Eze was nabbed on Wednesday, May 12, in Aba, Abia state.
The 48-year-old man's arrest came about a week after security operatives stormed his village house in Isiala Mbano where he was hiding but he escaped and a manhunt was thereafter launched to trace him.
He is one of the wanted leaders of ESN and his name has been reportedly popping up during confessions by many arrested IPOB /ESN.