Police parade 33 IPOB members over Inspector’s killing


The police  on Sunday  paraded 33 suspected Indigenous People of Biafra members who allegedly  killed a  police  Inspector and wounded others when they clashed with the police  in Nnewi  on Friday.



The suspects  allegedly seized the slain officer’s  rifle along with other guns which they snatched from other officers when the police attempted to stop their protest march.



The Force Public Relations Officer, Moshood Jimoh, who  paraded the suspects at the state  police headquarters, Amawbia, Anambra State,   said the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, had directed the state Commissioner of Police, Garba Umar,  to carry out “intense operations”  towards  the recovery of the   two AK47 rifles and one Beretta pistol that were    allegedly snatched from  the policemen during the clash.



Jimoh said  the suspects  would be arraigned in court after the completion of investigations under the  Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act 2013.



He  added,”The Force is hereby informing the public that the Indigenous People of Biafra  is a proscribed terrorist group and all activities of the group are therefore unlawful, illegal and terrorist act.”



However, most  of the suspects denied being part of the protest.



One of them,  Sunday Ilonze,  said, “I came out from the church and suddenly saw some soldiers  who arrested me.



“They were shooting and  traders started running away but I refused to join them because  I’m innocent and also a law-abiding citizen.”



Another suspect, Vincent Okafor, said he was beaten by  some  policemen  before  he was  arrested.



He said, “Those who arrested me for what I didn’t do should remember that there is God who will judge everyone.”
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