ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Nigerian 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 citizens,”said Arase.
The act, he said, also occasioned serious dislocation of business activities.
“Consequently, the 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 limit.”
“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