Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Nigerian Police Arrested 12 IPOB Members for Invading Ogbete Market in Enugu State with Flyers, Biafran flag and Announcing Sit-at-home Planned Protest




Members of the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, who took to the streets and market of Enugu State, South-East Nigeria, to call on residents to respect the sit-at-home protest, were reportedly arrested by the Nigerian Police Force NPF.
Source gathered that the IPOB members were arrested at the popular Ogbete Main Market in Enugu State.
According to source, the number of the member was twelve but their names was not mentioned by the Nigerian Police Force.
According to the Nigerian Police Public Relations Officer, in Enugu State Police Command, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, who confirmed the incident, said the arrested IPOB members would be prosecuted.
Source also gathered that the IPOB members entered the market with public address system and pamphlet, urging traders to close their shops and stay at home on Friday, September 23, 2016, to press home their demand for the released of their group leaders, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
According to Amaraizu, 21 mobile phones were recovered from the arrested IPOB members, as well as Biafran Flags and Emblems.
He said, pamphlet which the IPOB members distributed at the market, were also seized by the Nigerian police.
It was gathered by source that some of the pamphlet read, IPOB, for the betterment of your children and yourself’, ‘Please stay at home on 23/9/16’, ‘There will be no work, no school, no business, no market’ and ‘Free Nnamdi Kanu, free Biafra.”
The purpose of this sit-at-home protest canvassed by the Indigenous People of Biafra is part of the group plan to stage rallies in different part of the world.
It was noted that, on Monday the IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Mr. Emma Powerful, released a statement  disclosed the plan to “further compound Nigeria’s economic misery” by stopping all economic activities in the South-East and the South-South through a sit-at-home protest in a bid to demand the Kanu’s freedom what it described as an “Illegal Detention.”
According to report, the group (IPOB) said letters and petition demanding Kanu’s release would be submitted to governments of various countries where the planned rallies would hold on September 23.
The group also pleaded with international community to prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari to free Nnamdi Kanu, failing which, “things would fall apart” I Nigeria.
According to source, the police said it has beefed up security in Enugu State to stop IPOB members from disrupting commercial activities in line with the planned sit at home protest.
The Nigerian Police in Enugu State Command said, the arrested IPOB members threatened to disrupt commercial activities if the people failed to heed the sit-at-home plea.
The police spokesman said security agencies were ready to forestall possible breakdown of law and order on the day of the planned protest.


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