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Anambra police warn IPOB over May 30 planned protest

The Anambra State Police Command has warned members of the Indigenous People Biafra (IPOB) not to dared it or be ready to face the dire consequences.

The warning came after insistence by IPOB that it would paralyse economic activities in the South East and beyond with a sit-at-home protest on Thursday, May 30, 2019.

According to IPOB, it would use the day to honour people of Biafra allegedly killed during the civil war of 1967-1970 and others allegedly killed recently by security agencies in different parts of the geopolitical zone.

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But in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Haruna Mohammed, the command warned members of IPOB not to dare it by going on with the planned protest, reminding the pro-Biafra group that it remained a proscribed organisation.

The Command’s statement read in part, “Information at the disposal of the Anambra State Police Command has revealed that the outlawed group, Indigenous People of Biafra is perfecting plans through public announcement and threats in Nnewi and other parts of the State in order to enforce a sit-at-home, warning people to stay at home and not to come out for any business activities on the 30th of May,2019.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Indigenous People of Biafra is still a proscribed organisation hence all its activities remain illegal.

“The Commissioner of Police Anambra State, Mustapha Dandaura enjoined all Anambra people to disregard alleged calls by any group urging them to sit at home on the 30/5/2019 and go about their lawful businesses.

“The CP further assured the public that adequate security arrangements have been put in place by combined security forces in the State to nip in the bud any threat emanating from such groups.

“The Command will therefore not hesitate to deal decisively with and in accordance with the law any individual or groups under any guise that will disrupt public peace in the state.”