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12 IPOB Members Arrested By Police For Invading Enugu Market


By Ignatius Okpara

ENUGU, NIGERIA (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Enugu State Police Command has arrested 12 members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) for invading popular Ogbete market in Enugu to announce its planned sit at home protest over the continued detention of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, scheduled to take place friday this week in parts of Nigeria.

The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ebere Amarizu, who told AFRICAN EXAMINER Tuesday in Enugu, explained that IPOB members were nabbed “on 19/9/16 in the afternoon by the security operatives, who acted on intelligence information learnt about the said group.

“The Suspects were nabbed inside the popular Ogbete market of Enugu state as they allegedly went into the market with public address to threaten and inflict fears on the members of the public”

He said they had gone to the market to ask the “traders not to come to market from 20/9/16 and that if anyone is seen, the person would be dealt with by the group.

Amarizu, hinted that the group “were rounded up by the operatives as the alleged threat announcement was being carried out.

Items “Recovered from them includes 21 handsets of different types, various leaflets in which some of them reads: “IPOB FOR THE BETTERMENT OF YOUR CHILDREN AND THAT OF YOURSELF, PLEASE SIT AT HOME ON23/9/16,THERE WILL BE NO WORK,NO SCHOOL,NO BUSINESS,NO MARKET,FREE NNAMDI KANU,FREE BIAFRA,ALL HAIL BIAFRA.

“Also recovered were flags suspected to be that of the group with their insignia, public address systems, one wireless microphone.

He added that the suspects are now helping the operatives in their investigations and would soon be charged to court.

Meanwhile security has been beefed up in parts of the state by the command, just as people were seen today at the market conducting their usual business transactions.

Amarizu said: “in the light of the above, the Enugu State Police Command of the Nigeria police Force working in partnership with relevant security Agencies and relevant stake holders in the state, has advised members of the public, particularly law abiding people of the state not to allow themselves, children and wards to be used by any person in the state under any guise to cause mischief’’.

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