Arrested IPOB Members Will Be Prosecuted For Murder, Arson
Suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) arrested by the police during crisis between the group and military personnel in Aba, Abia State, will be charged for murder, arson and other related crimes, Police authorities have said.
Seven out of the arrested suspected members of IPOB were paraded by the police while the new Police Commissioner in Abia State, Mr Anthony Ogbizi, addressed reporters at Ariaria police station in Aba.
Ogbizi said the suspects would be prosecuted under the anti-terrorism Act to ensure they were properly dealt with.
His statement came after the proscription of IPOB by governors in the South East and the declaration of the group as a militant terrorist organisation by the Nigerian Army.
The police boss said anybody found with any material that depicts Biafra would be arrested and prosecuted.
"IPOB by their action has shown itself to be a “terrorist group” which must be dealt with as such," Mr Ogbizi.
An Injured Police Officer Is Dead
He confirmed the attack on Ariaria police station that happened between September 10 and September 14, saying it was carried out by suspected members of IPOB. They destroyed everything at the station, he said.
"They came with petrol bombs which they used to gain entrance, destroy property and took 3 pump action guns.
“Even some policemen were seriously injured. In fact as I am talking to you, one of the injured police officer is dead. Doctors tried in vain to save his life.
“Now we have lost a soul and you know what it takes to train a police officer. You know the vacuum that creates. It takes a minimum of one year to train a police officer,” he said.
Ogbizi said they also destroyed property of lawful citizens too adding that their demonstration was not peaceful.
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He also alleged that the group attacked a nearby bank to get money to acquire more weapons.
The police boss also told reporters that about 30 IPOB members were arrested when they attacked soldiers at Isiala Ngwa and about 29 were arrested in Umuahia.
He said suspected IPOB members also attacked military officers and the residences of Commissioner of Police and AIG Zone 9 in Umuahia.
Ogbizi said that the army recovered several exhibits including the coat of arms of Biafra from the suspects.
According to him, members of IPOB have continued to gather at Nnamdi Kanu's house.
Ogbizi wants the people to volunteer information on the whereabouts of the Leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.
He also denied the rumours circulating in the state that security agents have arrested Kanu’s father.
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