BIAFRA: IPOB’S SEPT 14 SIT-AT-HOME: WE’RE READY TO BATTLE IPOB – POLICE
The Anambra State Commissioner of Police (CP), Garba Umar, has stated the Force’s readiness to battle the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on their call for a general strike on September 14.
IPOB had last week declared that it shall carry out a sit-at-home protest on the aforementioned date to remember its members who were allegedly killed by the Nigerian army during the Operation Python Dance II which took place in 2017.
The protest will “be a way to register our anger regarding the men and women killed at Afaraukwu in Umuahia, during Operation Python Dance II on September 14 last year.” IPOB’s media and publicity secretary, Emma Powerful, said in a statement.
Powerful added that the protest will also be for “those killed in Ngwa, Aba, Igweocha (Port Harcourt) and buried in unmarked mass graves as a result of unprovoked military invasion of Biafraland by the Nigerian Army.
However, reacting to the move by IPOB, Garba Umar appealed to members of the public to disregard the order by the pro-Biafra group and also warned that the Police is ever ready to stand up to any security challenge in the state.
Speaking to news men in Anambra, Umar said “We are now appealing to members of the public, on no account should they be intimidated, harassed or coerced into joining the activities of IPOB.
“They’ve planned to call for a sit-at-home between 13th and 14th of this month. The security agencies are ready, quite ready for any eventuality; and we want to assure members of the public to go about doing their lawful businesses.
“On the issue of calling for a referendum on the 8th of this month – we are ready, we are coercive and we have all that it takes to keep peace in this state.
Anambra state has been enjoying relative peace and we would not allow and dare not relax in our intention to provide adequate security in this state.
“We are in touch with all the security agencies, including the military that we will never ever allow anybody to truncate this democracy.
“However, we want to assure members of the public that there is going to be adequate security in all the commercial centres, school, places of worship and other places.
“We will not relent in our efforts, and we want to assure members of the public to ignore the call by this so called IPOB, they don’t exist, we’re appealing to others not to join hands with them. Therefore everyone should go and do their lawful businesses”.