Security operatives in Enugu have warned members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to desist from their planned sit at home exercise slated for next Friday.
The Nigerian Army and Police in separate reactions warned IPOB against it decision to order residents of the state to sit at home on September 14, 2018.
A statement from the Police Public Relations Officer in Enugu State, Ebere Amaraizu said the attention of the command has been drawn to an intended act by some group of people calling for Sit At Home in the state on 14th September 2018.
Amaraizu said the command has made it categorically clear that the intended act is unpatriotic and inimical to the socio- economic development of the state.
He warned those behind the unwholesome habit to desist from any act or omission that will bring them in conflict with the law.
Amaraizu advised parents and guardians not to allow their children or wards to be used by any group to disrupt the existing peace in the state.
“The command in this regard, advises those in this intended act to toe the part of peace and order in the state, as the state police command walking in synergy with other secret agencies will stop at nothing at ensuring that the existing peace in state is not disrupted or compromised”, he stated.
Meanwhile, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Enugu, Maj.-Gen. Emmanuel Kabuk has warned trouble-makers to steer-clear of the entire South-East.
Kabuk gave the warning on Wednesday in Enugu while addressing a joint security team patrol within Enugu metropolis and its environs.
The joint security team comprised of personnel of the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air-Force, Nigerian Police, Department of State Security and Police Mobile Squadron 3.
Others are Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Federal Road Safety Corps, Nigerian Immigration Services, Nigeria Customs Services and Anti-Cultism Unit of Enugu State Police Command.
The GOC noted that the security agencies were uniting their strength together to better protect and defend law abiding citizens from misguided individuals and groups in the society.
“We are observing this training together to further improve our efficiency and proficiency in the internal security duties as well as understand each other better in the line of duty,’’ he said.
Kabuk maintained that the security community was not pursuing anybody or group but for peace to reign and people to go about their lawful businesses.
“The law will surely take its course on criminals that want to distort the peace in South-East and Nigeria,’’ he added.
The joint security patrol was against the backdrop of the Sept. 14 sit-at-home order in the South-East by Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The joint patrol team comprising of over 50 vehicles patrolled major roads, avenues and streets within Enugu metropolis and its environs or over three hours.