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The new Police Commissioner in Abia State, Mr. Anthony Ogbizi, has said the recently arrested members of Indigenous People of Biafra will be prosecuted for murder, arson and other related crimes.
Ogbizi said this during a press briefing and parade of seven suspected members of IPOB at Ariaria Police Station in Aba.
He said following the proscription of IPOB by governors in the South-East and its declaration as a terrorist group by the Nigerian Army, anybody found with Biafran materials would be arrested and prosecuted.
Ogbizi alleged that between September 10 and September 14, the Ariaria Police Station was attacked by suspected members of IPOB, who destroyed everything at the station.
“Even some policemen were seriously injured. In fact, as I am talking to you, one of the injured police officers is dead. Doctors tried in vain to save his life.
“Now we have lost a soul and you know what it takes to train a police officer. You know the vacuum that creates. It takes a minimum of one year to train a police officer,” he said.
Ogbizi said they also destroyed the property of lawful citizens, stressing that their demonstration was not peaceful.
He also alleged that the group attacked a bank to get money to acquire more weapons.
The police boss said about 30 IPOB members were arrested when they attacked soldiers at Isiala Ngwa and about 29 were arrested in Umuahia.
He said that suspected IPOB members also attacked military officers and the residences of the Commissioner of Police and AIG Zone 9 in Umuahia.
“As I am talking to you now, information reaching me said they have started gathering at Nnamdi Kanu’s house,” he said.
Ogbizi called on the people to volunteer information on the whereabouts of the leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.
He denied the rumours circulating in the state that security agents had arrested Kanu’s father.