The police in Enugu, has arrested no fewer than 12 suspected members of the outlawed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), the state command’s spokesman, Mr Ebere Amarizu, has said.
A statement signed by Amarizu and made available to newsmen in Enugu on Tuesday said that the suspects were arrested during their ‘sit-at-home’ campaign at the Ogbette Main Market in Enugu.
It stated that the suspects allegedly went into the market with a public address system and ordered the traders to observe a sit-at-home directive on Sept. 23.
“Suspects were arrested by our operatives, as the alleged announcement was being carried out and 21 handsets were recovered from them.
“Also recovered, include flags suspected to be that of the group with their insignia, public address systems, one wireless microphone,” the statement said.
The statement stated that the suspects would be arraigned in court after investigation.
Meanwhile, Amarizu said that the command had collaborated with other sister agencies to beef up security in parts of the state so as to forestall any breakdown of law and order.
“We advise the public not to allow themselves to be used under any guise to cause mischief, as anyone caught will be made to face the full wrath of the law,” Amarizu said.
The IPOB had earlier threatened to shut down economic and social activities in parts of the country on Sept. 23 to back up their demands from the Federal Government.
Some of their demands include the release of their leader, Mr Nnamdi Kanu and other members of the group in detention, who are facing trials in the law courts.