It is now an offence to hold the Biafran flag.

This follows the ban on the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in South-East Nigeria.

Making this known in Umuahia while parading some suspected members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra, the state Commissioner of Police Anthony Ogbizi said anybody found with the Biafran flag will be arrested.

The new Abia police commissioner warned that anyone found with the Biafran emblem will be arrested and charged to court because the proscription of the group by the governors of the South East automatically makes it illegal.

Ogbizi said it has become illegal for anyone to operate under the IPOB which was declared a terrorist organization by the Nigerian military or adorn its emblems.

He lamented that one of the injured officers, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP, serving at the Ariaria Police Station has died out of the injuries he sustained during the attack.