The Army, Police and other security Agencies in Imo state, Monday warned members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) against disrupting public peace over the September 14 sit-at-home order.
The state Commissioner of Police, Dasuki Galadanchi, Brigade Commander, 34 Artillery Brigade, Obinze, Brigadier General H.I Bature, and other Heads of Security Agencies, said they were ready to confront IPOB and other separatist groups.
Describing the secessionists as “miscreants”, the CP said that the proposed sit-at-home order was not in tandem with the laws of the land.
He therefore advised the members of the public to ignore the call for the sit-at-home and go about their lawful businesses without fear of any attack.
Galadanchi, informed that the security Agencies would from Tuesday begin what he called “operation show of force” across the state to sensitize the people on the need to ignore the IPOB order.
He said, “The Heads of all the security in Imo state are working together. We are here to tell the world that we are saying no to the proposed sit-at-home order on September 14 by IPOP.
“We want to tell members of the public that anyone who has any genuine business on that day should go about his or her business. We have resolved among ourselves to protect the citizens”.
The CP continued that, “IPOB members should remember that where one person’s right ends, the other person’s own Begins. Imo state must be great in our time. The sit-at-home order by IPOB is at variance with the law.
“Anybody who tries to threaten law abiding citizens in the name of sit-at-home will have the security Agencies to contend with”.
The CP said that during the joint operation show of force, all the security Agencies would exchange ideas, share intelligence in order to prevent IPOB members from fermenting troubles.
The brigade Commander said that the security Agencies “have the capacity and ability to contend with the IPOP members.”
The army chief urged the pro-Biafra group to explore lawful channels in pressing home their demands instead of threatening public peace.