Abuja - The Inspector-General of Police,
Solomon Arase, has ordered the deployment of the Police Mobile Force (PMF) to
curb violent protests demanding the independence of Biafra.
Arase said this followed observation by the Force
leadership of the increasing resort to acts of “brigandage” by “sets of
misguided individuals” of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State
of Biafra (MASSOB) and Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
These, he said were threatening national security and
public peace in parts of the Southeast geopolitical zone and other states.
“The latest manifestation of this threat is the attempt
to blockade the Onitsha end of Niger Bridge on 1st December, 2015, an action
that caused major hardship to innocent and law abiding motorists and
The act, he said, also occasioned serious dislocation of
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Inspector-General of Police has directed the mobilisation and deployment of
Police Mobile Force (PMF) across the country to reinforce security in the State
Commands that MASSOB and IPOB are currently attempting to utilise as launching
pad for their sinister intentions.”
The Assistant Inspectors – General of Police Zone 5,
(Benin); Zone 6, (Calabar) and Zone 9 (Umuahia) as well as all
Commissioners of Police in the affected states in the Southeast and neigbouring
States have also been directed to be wary of gatherings that threaten public
order and national cohesion.
Arase issued a stern warning.
“Any person or group of persons so arrested in
furtherance to the enforcement of this order will be made to face the full
wrath of the law.”
He advised parents and guardians to call their children
and wards to order as the patience of the Force was being “stretched to the
“The Nigeria Police Force will not fold its law
enforcement arms to allow few misguided elements to continually force hardships
on fellow Nigerians either in the South East or any other part of the nation
for that matter.”
- CAJ News