The Rivers State Police Command has warned PRO-BIAFRA agitators, especially members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) to steer clear of Rivers State.
The commissioner of Police, Mr. Francis Mobolaji Odesanya, who gave the warning on Thursday while speaking to newsmen in Port Harcourt, also warned parents to advise their wards to stay at home or go about their legitimate businesses without breaching the peace in the state, saying that the command would not tolerate any plan to cause a breakdown of law and order.
There are indications that IPOB and MASSOB members are set to embark on a protest tommorow, Friday, against the continued detention of IPOB leader and the Director of Radio Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Odesanya described the planned protest by the two pro-Biafra groups as illegal and uncalled for, adding that the command would not allow anarchy to reign within its area of control.
He said, “Parents and guardians should better advise their wards to stay away from any act that could breach the peace in Rivers or go about their business in peace.
“The protest is illegal and uncalled for. We are not going to allow anybody to cause a breakdown of law and order here. The command will not tolerate any act anarchy anywhere in Rivers State.”
The commissioner of Police stated that the state police command was prepared to contain whatever would happen tommorow, Friday, in form of a protest by IPOB, maintaining that the police in the state were on top of the situation.
Odesanya explained that the rule of engagement of the command would be in line with international best practice, saying, “The command is very much prepared for this (protest); we are on top of the situation. This is not the first time they have protested and I assure that we will raise the bar of security.”