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Biafra day celebration: Police arrest IPOB, MASSOB members in Ebonyi

- Police have arrested some IPOB and MASSOB members for unlawfully sensitizing the public to stay at home on May 30, in observance of the group anniversary

- The police warns other members of the groups not to carry out outlawed activities during and after May 30, as the full weight of the law would be brought on any defaulter

The Police in Ebonyi on Saturday, May 27, confirmed the arrest of some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in various part of the state for alleged unlawful sensitization programme.

This was disclosed by the command’s spokesman, DSP Jude Madu, who added that the arrested suspects also included members of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB).

According to Madu, the suspects were arrested, for unlawfully sensitising the public to stay at home on May 30, in observance of the group anniversary, NAN reports.

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He said: “They would be charged to court and the command would ensure that they are duly prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others.

“IPOB and MASSOB are illegal groups and did not get permission from the police to embark on such exercise which threatens the peace and security of the state.

“The command with the directive of the Commissioner of Police, Mr Titus Lamorde, has commenced intensive sensitization of the populace to disregard the sit-at-home directive and go about their lawful businesses.”

Madu also warned other members of the group not to carry out outlawed activities within the state before, during and, after May 30.

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He said: “Any person or group found culpable would be arrested and duly prosecuted as the groups’ activities amount to mutiny or fighting a sitting and legally recognised government.

“IPOB and MASSOB are techniques developed by some individuals to gain public interest and recognition as the former is even a breakaway organ of the latter.

“These groups have not provided amenities or other forms of social security for the people they are directing to stay at home; it shows that their intentions are not sincere and must be rejected by all.”

He added: “The command has distributed various call contacts (numbers) to the public to report activities of these groups within this period, especially molestation if they refuse to heed to the stay-at-home order.

“Any gathering of two or more people propagating the IPOB/MASSOB messages or executing related activities should be promptly reported to the police for immediate actions.”

Madu advised the groups that not everybody was interested in issues concerning secession as people still remember the horrors of the civil war and other upheavals in the country after then.

He says the group should not force anybody to be involved in their illegal and unlawful practices.

Meanwhile, the seat-at-home order for May 30 by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is gaining momentum as Maxi Okwu, a top Igbo elder, says he would take part in it.

Watch this video to see how prepared IPOB and its loyalists are for the May 30 celebration

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