POLICE high commands in all the five states of southeast geopolitical zone have deployed officers and men to protect people going about their legitimate businesses from being molested by anyone under the guise of enforcing the sit-at-home which some pro-Biafra agitators will observe today.
A release issued in Owerri yesterday said that the riot act became necessary after Inspector General of Police has placed his men on alert to ensure that nobody is molested by anyone or group today, stressing that whoever stands in their way would have his or her hands full.
But the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign States of Biafra (MASSOB) has waved off this directive as a huge joke it as a waste of time.
Leader of MASSOB, Uchenna Madu, stated this yesterday in Owerri said that the massive deployment of the security men would all be in futility because no rally, procession of any kind would be held by his members.
He explained that the order was meant to be voluntary in honour of the fallen heroes of Biafra. He, however, accused the security personnel at the top, of trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill.
According to Madu, the police are just wasting their time; they are never going to get any of us because we are not going to fight a war just to honour Ojukwu and other heroes in Biafra land, no procession, no rally.
“I think those at the top are trying to make money from the Federal government by demanding extra funds to cater for the unnecessary police deployment,” Madu said.
He, however, assured that the democracy day celebration would not deter the people from observing the sit-at-home order.
His IPoB counterpart, Emma Powerful, had claimed that the Ohanaeze Youth Council cultural day celebration slated for today was a ploy to sabotage the sit-at-home order by the groups.
Powerful who also spoke on today’s event, noted clearly that the democracy day celebration is totally different from the Biafra day awareness just as he urged the people to remain indoors throughout today as a mark of respect for Biafran fallen heroes.
“They have perfected strategies to kill us today all in the name of IPoB, so that is why I am advising everybody to stay indoors not to be a victim,” Powerful said.