The Police have warned residents of Abia state in southeastern Nigeria not to engage in illegal gathering during the period of the sit-at-home order by the proscribed separatist group, the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB).The Abia Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Geoffrey Ogbonna, sad in Umuahia that people should not to engage security operatives in any confrontation to avert any unfortunate scene.
“The people of Abia are advised against illegal gathering and acting or conducting themselves in such a tumultuous manner that may cause fear in the neighbourhood,” he said.
He also advised the people not to embark on any activity that could threaten or disturb the peace or breach of the relevant laws of the land, stressing that law is not a respecter of anybody.
The police image maker urged the people “to refrain from engaging in any acts that could destabilise the prevailing law and order in the state”.
The statement came ahead of the Sept. 14 sit-at-home order by IPOB, which was declared a terrorist group by the Federal Government on the heel of its activities in 2017.
Ogbonna advised law abiding residents of the state to go about their lawful activities.
He further urged parents, community leaders and religious bodies to restrain their children and youths from being used by the “outlawed group” to foment trouble or violence.
He said that the command had enjoyed cooperation from well-meaning and prominent indigenes, including traditional rulers and called on all and sundry to sustain the prevailing peace and order in the state.
Security agencies in the state, including the police, army, navy and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) staged a show of force in major streets of Umuahia on Wednesday.
The exercise was to assure the residents of their readiness to provide adequate security for lives and property in the state.