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Police, Abia govt read riot act to MASSOB over sit-at-home order


UMUAHIA—THE Abia State police command has warned the Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, not to disrupt the order and peace in the state, following its plans to enforce a sit-at-home order today.

The command insisted that the full weight of the law would be brought on any person who disrupted the peace in the state.

The police command, through its Public Relations Officer, Geoffrey Ogbonna, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, urged residents of the state to disregard MASSOB’s order and go about their lawful businesses.

Similarly, Abia State Government has called on residents of the state to ignore the sit-at-home order given by the group.

The government, in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Ugochukwu Emezue, advised the people to go about their lawful duties without fear, assuring them of their security.

It warned MASSOB members to keep off Abia State to avoid bloodshed.

The government noted that the warning became necessary as security agencies in the state had been placed on alert to forestall any breakdown of law and order.

It equally called on parents to caution their wards against being used by any group to cause trouble, insisting that the law would take its full course against any offender.

The government warned that the prevailing peace in the state would be sustained at all cost, stressing that it would not fold its arms and watch enemies of progress destabilise the state.


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