There are fresh concerns for those who wish to participate in the directive by the Indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB, on May 30 to sit-at-home and observe the Biafran Heros’ day.
This is as the Police Command in Enugu State has promised to arrest and prosecute any miscreant, who disguises as a member of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) to disrupt activities in the state.
According to them, the group has no power to declare public holidays.
The Federal Government, through a court order, had proscribed and labeled the organisation as a terrorist group.
Mr Sulaiman Balarabe, the State Commissioner of Police, at a news conference, warned that only the Federal Government had the powers to declare public holidays.The secessionist group had called for a “Sit-at-Home’’ on May 30 in all Igbo land to “celebrate fallen Biafra heroes and their struggle for self-determination’’.
Balarabe urged members of the public to disregard the order, adding that “IPOB has no power to declare a public holiday’’.
According to him, law abiding citizens should go about their lawful businesses in the South-East and Enugu in particular, as their protection is fully guaranteed.
He said the police had also made adequate security arrangements for the May 29 inauguration in the state as well.
“The Command is fully ready. We just finished a show of force”, NAN quoted him as saying.
“The police and other sister security agencies are ready to tackle all trouble makers, especially with Sit-at-Home by IPOB.
“We are ready to ensure that citizens go about their businesses without molestation.
“We are asking people to come out and pursue their normal human and economic activities on the day of the Sit-at-Home (May 30),” he said.
Meanwhile, no fewer than 30 suspects had been arrested by the police in May for alleged involvement in various crimes, ranging from armed robbery, cultism, illegal possession of fire arms and kidnappings.
Balarabe said several arms and ammunition as well as exhibits were recovered from the suspects who were arrested in various parts of the state.
He said the police were striving towards reducing crime to its barest minimum through proactive measures without losing sight of respect for human rights and rule of law.
According to him, these achievements are made possible through Operation Puff Adder, which was recently launched in the state as directed by the Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mr Mohammed Adamu.
He said one of the suspects, Kelechi Michael, was arrested on April 21, at his hideout in Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo in connection with kidnap and child trafficking of six-year old boy at Alor Village in Oji River community of Enugu.