Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu
Enugu state police command says it arrested 13 persons believed to be members of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Biafra Independent Movement (BIM) in the early hours of Monday at Edinburgh axis of Ogui, Enugu.
In a statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amaraizu, the command said the 13 persons were rounded up based on intelligence/information gathered on them.
“It was gathered that suspects in the morning of Monday had converged with their bus, one Toyota Hiace bus with registration number XG 265 UWN with flags and T-shirts with different inscriptions portraying MASSOB/BIM at Edinburgh axis of Ogui to commence a protest march before the security operatives acting on intelligence/information closed them up and arresting them.
“Suspects in their reactions maintained that they are members of MASSOB but of Biafran independent movement(B.I.M).They further stated they were to converge and pray at the spot before embarking on marching with their flags to commemorate their independence.
“It could be recalled that the state command had earlier warned against protest to be carried out by any group of persons under any aegis, maintaining that no iota of lawlessness will be entertained from any individual or group of persons fanning embers of unlawful act aimed at causing breakdown of law and order in the state as the command, working in partnership with other sister security agencies, has directed its security operatives to monitor and fish out those that will be in this habit so that they can be brought to book in accordance with relevant sections of the law.”
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