IPOB Sit-at-home Order: Police, Army, Civil Defence in show of force in Abia
The police in Abia on Monday led detachments of the Nigerian Army and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in a show of strength in Umuahia, ahead of the IPOB sit-at-home order for Wednesday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the exercise took off from the Central Police Station, Umuahia, at about 9 a.m. and moved round the major streets up to Ubakala and Olokoro in Umuahia South Local Government Area back to CPS, via Bende Road.
The convoy included one Armoured Personnel Carrier and about 15 patrol vans, loaded with heavily armed men.
Speaking with reporters at the end of the show, the Commissioner of Police, Anthony Ogbizi, said the joint exercise was designed to reassure residents of the readiness of the security agencies to continue to protect their lives and property.
“The show of strength included men of the Police Command, the army and Civil Defence and the essence is to demonstrate our resolve to ensure that Abia residents continue to enjoy uninterrupted peace.
“We are poised to continue to sustain the prevailing peace and wish to send a signal to trouble makers, especially members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), which has been proscribed as a terrorist group.
“We want them to know that the law will not spare them should they go ahead to disrupt the prevailing peace, which residents of the state are presently enjoying.
“So we used this opportunity to instill confidence in the people that security agencies are alive to their primary duties of protecting their lives and property.”
The police boss therefore urged the people to ignore the sit-at-home order and go about their lawful businesses without any fear of molestation.
“Sitting at home for fear of any possible attack by IPOB members will give them a sense of victory.”