No fewer than 22 key agitators and leaders for a new breakaway Biafra Republic have been arrested in a crackdown ordered by Nigeria’s Inspector–General of Police, Solomon E. Arase.
Four of the agitators were arrested in Anambra state, six in Imo, one in Abia and 11 in Delta state. The police did not identify them.
ACP Olabisi Kolawole, the police spokeswoman said Arase has ordered an immediate clamp down on person or group of persons inciting violence and social disorder across the country.
“This directive becomes imperative owing to recent activities of members of the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign States of Biafran (MASSOB) and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in some parts of the country,” she said today.
According to the statement, the police are fully empowered to arrest anybody fomenting any act of violence or disorder, or any act inimical to the security of the nation.
“The IGP further warns that all person so arrested for inciting violence, irrespective of their class or status in the society would be charged to court accordingly,” Kolawole said