The Police have warned the Indigenous People of Biafra ( IPOB) to rescind its directive to its members and sympathisers to sit at home on Friday in protest against the continued detention of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
IPOB had vowed to stage a global peaceful protest in over 100 countries of the world on September 23 to press home its demand for the unconditional release of Kanu who has been in detention since November 2015.
It also directed all ‘Biafrans’ to stay at home on the said date in solidarity with the global awareness campaign.
IPOB in its latest press statement issued by its Media and Publicity Officer, Emma Powerful, however, vowed to push ahead with the peaceful protest despite threats from the security agencies.
The Police, on its part, have threatened to deal ruthlessly with anyone found disrupting the public peace.
Commissioner of Police, Abia State, Mr. Leye Oyebade, who gave the warning at a press briefing Wednesday in Umuahia, said his men would not “fold their arms to watch people breach the peace we are sustaining in the state.”
He asked IPOB to “have a re- think because we can’t allow disgruntled elements disrupt the peace in the state”.
The Police said IPOB had no right to declare a public holiday, dismissing the purported sit- at – home order as illegal.
” It is only the Federal or State Government that have the power to declare a public holiday or issue an order directing closure of markets, stores or the suspension of any economic , commercial or social activity in the state,”, Police said.
The Commissioner of Police enjoined members of the public to disregard the purported directive by IPOB, and go about their normal business, assuring them of maximum security.
Police vowed to “visit the full weight of the law on perpetrators of any act geared towards occasioning the breakdown of order in the state”.
Continuing, he said, “IPOB should have a rethink, and in the interest of the state and the nation , tread the path of honour by ensuring that economic and social activities are not disrupted for any parochial interest(s).