The Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, has directed the Assistant Inspectors General of Police and the Commissioners of Police in the South-East and South-South geopolitical zone of Nigeria to disarm members of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) operating firearms immediately.
According to a statement by the Police PRO, ACP Olabisi Kolawole, this is following the manifestation of the disposition of the armed IPOB activists to undertake premeditated attacks on Police officers engaged in operations aimed at restoring public order in the states.
The IGP noted that the targeted attacks on Police personnel, who have been performing their statutory functions in the most professional and civil manner since the latest resurgence disorder, portrays the IPOB activists who are orchestrating the insurrection as having crossed the threshold in their misguided attempt to test the common will of the nation.
IGP Arase, while condemning the killing by members of IPOB, also directed the arrest of any member of the group found in possession of firearm and bring such to deserved justice.
He added that all IPOB activists arrested in connection with the killing of the Policemen should be charged to court for murder.
“Meanwhile, the Nigeria Police Force will continue to diligently work towards eliminating any threat to internal security and assures Nigerians of its commitment to their safety and security,” she concluded.
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