The Police Force headquarters in Abuja,
yesterday said the leader of the Independent People Of Biafra (IPOB),
was not in its custody.
This is coming just as IPOB, raised the
alarm over the whereabouts of its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, allegedly
abducted by the soldiers who attacked his home in Isiama Afaraukwu
Ibeku, in the ongoing operation python dance in the south east by
soldiers of the Nigerian army.
Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh
Moshood, who made this known to Daily Sun, in an interview, however,
warned that the police would not hesitate to arrest any person or group
of persons posing to be members of IPOB, following the proscription of
the group by governors of the south east states.
Mr. Moshood, who said the police force
headquarters has deployed more mobile policemen to the south east and
south-south parts of the country to ensure law and order, maintains that
the IPOB leader was not in Police custody.
He said the question about the whereabout of the IPOB leader should be directed to his members.
“He is their leader, they should tell us
his whereabout. “You know the IPOB, has been proscribed by the
governors in those states and they remain an unlawful organization and
we will ensure that we sustain peace in the area and we will not allow
such an organization to disturb the public peace”.
“For anybody that has committed an
offense, he is liable for arrest and prosecution. But I can tell you
that he is not in our custody”. Moshood, who said the Inspector-General
of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has placed police personnel across the
country on red alert to avoid reprisal attacks following activities of
IPOB, stressed that the police have arrested some IPOB members suspected
to have taken part in the burning down of a police station that
eventually led to the death of a personael at Aba.
He said: “We have arrested some of those
people who attacked and burnt down police station at Aba, and they have
been charged to court and anybody that was linked or found to be
culpable for the burning of the station which resulted to the death of
one of our personnel would be prosecuted.