Biafra agitators: police have vowed to arrest defaulters of the ban on their groups
The Police Command in Anambra State says it has taken steps to enforce the ban on all Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) activities in the state.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Garba Umar, stated this while addressing newsmen in Awka last Tuesday.
Umar warned that any person or persons involved in the activities of the proscribed group would be arrested and charged to court.
'Let me give a concise definition of terrorism as the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate, coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment, in order to seriously destabilize or destroy the fundamental political, constitutional, economic or social structure of a country.
'The terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2013, as amended, provides minimum punishment of 20 years and maximum of death sentence, depending on the offence.
'Meanwhile, Section 37 Sub-section (1) Criminal Code Act, Cap 77, provides that any person who wages war against the state, in order to intimidate or coerce the President or state Governor, is guilty of treason and is liable on conviction to be sentenced to Death.
'Therefore, I enjoin the general public to know that participating in the activities of this group is illegal and would amount to treasonable felony,' the police boss said.
He warned the general public to desist from aiding and abetting members of this group, urging them to provide useful information to the Police to help arrest fleeing members of the outlawed group.
'The Command also wishes to reiterate that any act of Terrorism is criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of motivation. The Command urges the good people of Anambra to come together to sustain the existing peace in the state,' Umar added.
The commissioner assured that the police would continue to safeguard the life and property of all citizens in the state, in line with the vision of Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris.