Following the proscription and ban slammed on the secessionist group, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has read the riot act to members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), including their sympathisers, saying it will not hesitate to arrest and prosecute them anywhere they are found holding a rally or a protest.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, who made the fresh warning in an interview with Saturday PUNCH on Friday in Abuja, said that with the proscription of IPOB, the police would take tough measures against its members and their sympathisers.
The PRO further stressed that having been declared as an unlawful group by the court and proscribed by the Federal Government, IPOB members would not be treated by the police with kid gloves.
The police spokesman said it was unlawful for IPOB to assemble for rallies or protests, describing such as unlawful assemblies. He said the force would break up such assemblies and carry out mass arrests of the participants.
His words: “If we find IPOB members holding rallies or protests anywhere in the country, the full weight of the law will be brought upon them. The full weight of the law would be applied.
“They have been proscribed by the Federal Government and the court has equally proscribed them. If we see them, they will be arrested.”
“We won’t allow any illegal, unlawful group to hold a gathering anywhere in the country. It is unlawful for them to assemble for rallies or protest. They will be arrested and prosecuted and parents are advised to counsel their children against keeping company with them.”
The Federal High Court in Abuja had on Wednesday given judicial backing to the executive order of President Muhammadu Buhari, outlawing IPOB and its activities in every part of Nigeria.