IPOB, MASSOB LOYALISTS ARRESTED IN IMO
By Chidi Nkwopara, OWERRI.
Imo State Police Command Monday, arrested 17 loyalists of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, and Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, including two women, for allegedly behaving in a manner capable of disrupting public peace.
The PPRO, Mr. Andrew Enwerem, who paraded them Monday before newsmen in Owerri, on behalf of the CP, Mr. Taiwo Lakanu, said that the MASSOB and IPOB loyalists were arrested along Tetlow/Okigwe Road Park, Owerri, by policemen who were on routine patrol.
“At the point of arrest, the pro-Biafra protesters were chanting Biafran solidarity songs and spotting Biafran flags. They were also behaving in a manner capable of disrupting the existing peace and tranquility in the state”, the PPRO said.
According to Mr. Enwerem, “investigation into their activity has commenced and those found to have participated in the provocative procession would be charged to court”.
Continuing, the PPRO explained that they were arrested for unlawful procession and acts capable of breaching public peace in the state.
“They displayed all manner of Biafran insignia. Imo State has enjoyed relative peace all this while but they decided to disrupt it yesterday. The Command is determined to ensure that peace reigns in the state”, the PPRO said.
He advised the citizens to continue to go about their normal businesses without fear of intimidation or harassment, adding that the police would not relent in its responsibility of protecting life and property at all times.