The heads of security agencies in Imo state have vowed to crush the members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) over a planned sit-at-home order by IPOB.
The sit-at-home by IPOP is scheduled to take place on September 14, 2018.
Some of these security agencies were the Commissioner of Police Dasuki Galadanchi, Brigade Commander, 34 Artillery Brigade in Obinze-Owerri, H.I Bature. Others include the heads of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence, Nigeria Immigration Service, Airforce among others.
The Police Commissioner Galadanchi described IPOB Agitators as ‘miscreants’ while adding that the sit-at-home order is not in tandem with the laws of the land.
He urged the public to ignore the call for a sit-at-home and go about their business without fear of attack.
Galadanchi said that the security agencies would on Tuesday 11th September commence ‘Operation Show of Force’ across Imo state to sensitize the people to ignore the IPOB order.
Galadanchi said, “IPOB members should remember that where one person’s rights end, the other person’s rights begin. Imo Sate must be great in our time. The sit-at-home order is at variance with the law.”
“Anybody who tries to threaten law-abiding citizens in the name of sit-at-home would have the security agencies to contend with,” he said.
The army also that the security agencies had the capacity and ability to contend with the IPOB members. Bature urged the pro-Biafra group to seek lawful channels to press home their demands without threatening the public. (Punch News).
Various Igbo groups like the Igbo Women Assembly and the Eastern Consultative Assembly have condemned the activities of the security agencies against the Indigenous People of Biafra and other pro-Biafra agitators.
The leader of the Igbo Women Assembly, Mrs Maria Okwor said, “We condemn the humiliation meted out to Igbo woman who were locked up in Owerri for expressing their opinions in a democracy. Several years after the Nigerian Civil War, Igbo are (still) being treated as a conquered people.”
“Ndigbo should sit at home on Friday, September 14 to express our frustrations with the country. Nigeria must return to the 1963 constitution to survive.”
The Secretary of the Eastern Consultative Assembly and Founder of the Igbo Youth Movement, Evangelist Elliot Ugochukwu-Uko also expressed his frustrations against what he called the ‘constant invasion of Igboland with military hardware every September’ as being provocative and insulting.
According to him, “Every September, military equipment are moved menacingly into Igboland just to remind us that we are a conquered people.”
“All Igbo who are aggrieved about this endless provocative and humiliating invasion called Python Dance 3 should stay indoors on Friday, September 14, to send a message to the world that we are angry with this constant humiliation.”
Credit: Punch Newspaper