Nigerian Police State commands of Rivers and Anambra states have cautioned the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and other pro-Biafran agitator against the commencement of planned protests which was scheduled Friday, September 24, 2016.
According to reports on Punch, the police have referred to the protests as illegal.
IPOB announced a sit-at-home day which called for the closure of markets, schools, banks and other institutions in the South-East and South-South geo-political areas.
The protest which was supposed to feature restricted movement was aimed at remonstrating against the continued detainment of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu, by the Federal Government.
The police have warned that the association cancel the remonstrance in order to avoid consequences that might be ugly.
A statement released on Thursday, September 22, which was titled ‘Re: Protest Attempt to Cause Breach of Peace’, and was signed by the Anambra State Police Command Public Command Public Relations Officer, Nkeiruka Nwode, the police advised parents to warned their wards against being an instrument of the protest.
“The attention of the Anambra State Police Command has been drawn to the information that some misguided elements have perfected plans to cause public disorder and conduct themselves in a manner that is likely to cause breach of the peace.
“The command is using this medium to warn such elements to retrace their steps and desist from embarking on any acts of criminality.
“In the same vein, parents are advised to warn their children/wards from being used for acts of illegality,” the statement read.
Rivers state command also release a statement similar, which warns to ed parents to be careful to encourage their ward to stay at home or go about the legitimate businesses without breaching the peace.
The warning was issued by the state commissioner of Police, Mr. Francis Odesanya, who also spoke to Port Harcourt on Thursday, saying the command would not hold back the actions against perpetrators who caused a breakdown of law and order.
Odesanya also described the protest as “Illegal and uncalled for”.
According to Vanguard, the protest was complied with in both Onitsha and Nnewi, both in Anambra State.
In a statement signed by its media and publicity secretary, Mr. Emma Powerful, the association congratulated everyone who stood with them during the sit-at-home protest, adding that the remonstrance took place in all the world’s continent:
“protest took place in all the continents of the world, countries in Europe ,America, South America, Australia, some Asian and other African countries”. “The countries where IPOB members observed the protest witness the protests are USA, Brazil, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, Japan, Israel, Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Spain, Italy, UK, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Mexico, Malaysia, UAE, south Africa, Ghana, Senegal, Egypt, Gabon, Togo, Kenya, Australia, Sweden Denmark, and China, and other countries too numerous to mention. “Here in Biafraland Abia, Anambra, Enugu, Rivers, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom. Cross Rivers, Imo, Delta and we thank the general public for observing the day with us, injustice can no more be encouraged, for showing us this kind of solidarity with the quest for the restoration of Biafra,. We are most grateful, this is an assurance that people are in agreement with our zero tolerance for intimidation and harassment”.