Two publishers in Onitsha, Anambra State, are in trouble for allegedly helping the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to print handbills and posters. The State Police Command on Thursday disclosed this while briefing newsmen of activities of the police in the state.
The State Commissioner of Police, Garba Umar, said the command would not tolerate any IPOB activity in the state under any guise.
He said: “After a discreet procedure in collating intelligence on miscreants and members of the proscribed IPOB, the Onitsha area command raided a printing press where thousands of posters and handbills were being printed.”
“Some of the fliers read, ‘Call for referendum is not call for war;’ ‘No election in Anambra State,’ ‘Biafrans declare sit at home,’ ‘Anyone who insists on participating in the Anambra election will be doing so at his or her own risk,’ and so on.”
IPOB had, in a press statement by its media and Publicity Secretary, declared sit-at-home on November 18th, the day for Anambra governorship election.
The Commissioner warned that he would not spare any group or individual who try to disrupt the peace in the state, while calling on residents to ensure they report any attempt to cause a breach of the peace in their area.
Umar said the printers arrested would help the police in tracking down the IPOB members who gave them the job.
He said,”We wish to encourage the people to ignore the leaflets and the fruitless effort expended in printing them, but to come out en masse and vote in the election as the plans of the group was to instill fear in everyone and cause apathy during the exercise.
“IPOB is proscribed and there won’t be a hiding place for them in Anambra State. “We won’t tolerate any insignia of the group in this state. If your nickname is IPOB, please change it now; otherwise, we’ll arrest and prosecute you.”
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