By Sunday Agbo, Abakaliki
Operatives of the Ebonyi state police command on Wednesday detained about 15 Biafra agitators at Amasiri in Afipko North local government area of Ebonyi state for allegedly participating in unlawful activities.
Orient Daily gathered that those arrested were members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Movement of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), also known as the Biafra Independent Movement (BIM) who were planning for their convention slated for August 14.
Another source said the agitators were busted while planning the burial of their member who died recently in Lagos. “They were planning how to bury their dead member in Ohaozara local government area as well as how to build a monument in honour of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu at Owerri Imo state when they were arrested on a tip off”, the source said.
A statement issued by the Ebonyi police command’s public relations officer, DSP Odah Loveth, stated that the arrest was made possible through the collaborative efforts l of other sister security agencies in the state. She disclosed that Biafra insignia that were recovered from the group were Biafra currency (two pounds), branded Biafra T-Shirts, caps and bangles.
“The Ebonyi state police command in active collaboration with other security agencies in the state, while acting on credible intelligence report that IPOB/MASSOB/BIM members will have their 2019 convention in the state, on 13 and 14 August, 2019, embarked on massive “show of force” covering the entire length and breadth of the state with particular focus on identified flash points.
“The exercise dominated the entire state and frustrated the activities of IPOB/MASSOB/BIM members thereby denying them the opportunity to hold their meeting in the pre-arranged venue.
“They were however traced to a hideout in the bush around Amasiri Afikpo North L.G.A of the state where fifteen (15) members led by one Rev. Ogonna Nnachi ‘m’ about 70years of age were arrested. Items recovered from them include Biafra Currency (2 pounds), branded Biafra T-Shirts, caps and bangles.
“Upon interrogation, their leader Rev Ogbonna narrated that they were planning the burial of one of their members who died in Lagos, but to be buried in Ohaozara L.G.A of the state and also planning the building of a monument in honour of late Odumegwu Ojukwu at Owerri Imo state. The arrested members were handed over to SCID for further interrogation and profiling.
Odah further disclosed the readiness of the state police command to tackling crimes and criminality in ebonyi, stressing that it would “explore all crime fighting tactics by combing all hideouts of criminals/criminal minded persons with the view to deny them the space to carry out their acts.
“The general public is as usual enjoined to assist the police and other security agencies by providing credible information on any suspicious activity and movements of persons or goods,” it stated.
By Sunday Agbo, Abakaliki