The Ebonyi State Police Command and other security agencies have promised to conduct state-wide intense patrols in response to the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra’s (IPOB) recent declaration of a sit-at-home order.
Remember that IPOB had set Monday as the day for its weekly sit-at-home program. The secessionist organization, however, was forced to call off the attack owing to pressure.
Despite the suspension, areas of the region saw a ghost town on Monday last week.
However, in a statement published by DSP Loveth Odah, the state Police Public Relations Officer, the command advised any group or organizers of the sit-at-home program to heed the directive or face the consequences.
According to the PPRO, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Aliyu Garba, has asked Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, and Heads of Tactical/Operational Units to monitor the secessionist group’s activities in order to maintain peace and order in the state.
The Commissioner stated that the command has zero-tolerance for lawlessness, adding that the state’s security agencies would no longer fold their hands and watch as any group or individual violates the fundamental rights of law-abiding citizens, emphasizing that Ebonyi has always been a peaceful state.
He reassured people that they would be safe, and urged them to go about their legitimate business without fear of being intimidated or harassed by any group or individual.
“The general people, particularly parents and guardians, should watch and dissuade their children/wards from indulging in any unlawful activity or criminal acts,” he added, adding that “the long arm of the law would undoubtedly catch up with any criminal.”