Ahead the Christmas celebration, tension is beginning to build in the South-East over activities of the members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group.
This came as the Abia State Police command has arrested 51 suspected members of the group who held procession on some streets of Umuahia, the Abia State capital.
The group, which staged their procession as Jewish worshipers, had 10 females and 41 males among them arrested by the police, on the claim that they were out to cause disorder and breach the peace in the state.
The suspects however insisted that they were not out to breach any peace but were only performing one of their religious obligation to end the year as adherents of Jewish worshippers.
In its response, IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, said in a statement: “IPOB leadership will not fail to notify Jewish community all over the world, particularly Jewish worshipers in Israel and other parts of the world over the arrest of Jewish church members who were peacefully protesting for Biafra freedom in Umuahia today (yesterday).
“We are warning Abia State Police Commissioner to release the 54 innocent citizens of Biafra who were doing peaceful evangelism in Umuahia for Biafra freedom.
“We blame Okezie Ikpeazu and Abia Police Commissioner for the damage this action may cause in Abia state if they fail to release these innocent Jewish worshipers exercising their rights.”
Meanwhile, the Enugu State Police Command said it has gotten intelligence reports that IPOB/MASSOB have slated tomorrow (today) as a day for a 10 million man March in Umuahia and there is the possibility of spill over.
Consequently, the state Police Commissioner, Danmalam Mohammed, has ordered all policemen to come out for a “show of force march” in the urban areas of the state to dissuade the agitators from also staging protest marches in Enugu State.
The Command is said to have also directed all the divisional police officers, the Police Mobile Force (PMF), Special Anti- Robbery Squads, SARS and anti- cult units to be on red alert.
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