Police IG Denies Alleged Killing Of Biafra Protesters

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Following the recent speculation that officers of
the Nigerian police force had shot dead some
protesters agitating for a free and sovereign
state of Biafra across the country, Solomon
Arase, the inspector general of police, has
denied such reports describing it as mere social
media speculation.

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The Indigenous People of Biafra on a Peaceful
Protest over the Arrest of the Director of Radio
Biafra along Ikwerre road in Port Harcourt,
Rivers State.
He said that the allegation by the two groups was
false and a calculated attempt to attract undue
attention and sympathy.
Reports had filtered in that some members of the
Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign
State of Biafra (MASSOB) and the Indigenous
People of Biafra (IPOB) had been shot dead
during their protests.
According to Vanguard, Arase in a statement by
the police public relations officer, Olabisi
Kolawole, on Thursday, November 12, in Abuja,
stressed that despite provocation, police officers
had managed the situation with a high sense of
responsibility and professionalism.
However, calling on the apex Igbo socio-cultural
organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the police boss
advised that the ongoing protests in parts of the
country by members of MASSOB and IPOB
should be halted.

Arase asked Ohanaeze to save law-abiding and
innocent citizens in the affected states from the
hardship being meted to them by MASSOB and
IPOB.
Warning the protesters who carry out violence,
Arase said: “Such actions are criminalised by
law. Anybody arrested will be treated as such
under the appropriate legislation.”
The statement said: “The IG, while calling on the
leadership of Ohanaeze to wade into these
superfluous protests, to save the law-abiding
and innocent citizens in the affected states from
the hardship being meted by the groups,
reminded those embarking on violent protests/
assemblies that such actions are criminalised by
law, and anybody arrested will be treated as
such under the appropriate legislation.”

There had been protests in some parts of the
country especially in states like Delta, Anambra,
Imo, Enugu, Bayelsa and Rivers, calling for his
immediate release.
The protests culminated as a result of the arrest
and continuous detention of the director of Radio
Biafra and leader of the IPOB by the Depart of
State Service (DSS).
Meanwjile, eight persons including a female,
alleged to be supporters of the MASSOB,
involved in Tuesday, November 10 protest that
grounded the streets of Port Harcourt were
today arraigned by the police before a Chief
Magistrate’s Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.

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