Sunday 6 December 2015

"Police IG’s position on pro-Biafra protesters stands" - Presidency

Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase
The Presidency on Saturday has said it stands by the position of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, on the ongoing pro-Biafra protests in some states in the South-East.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, disclosed this in an interview.

Adesina was responding to a question on whether President Muhammadu Buhari will or has ordered the deployment of troops in the South-East over the protests.

The presidential spokesman said the nation’s law enforcement agencies know the right thing to do in the circumstance.

He added that they had started doing the right thing.
He said, “The issue of Biafra is a matter of law and order. The law enforcement agencies know what to do, and they are doing it. The IGP (Solomon Arase) has spoken on it earlier this week. That position remains.”
Arase had during the week issued a stern warning to the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra and the Indigenous People of Biafra activists to stop threatening public peace or face the full weight of the law.

The IGP noted that the increasing resort to acts of brigandage of this nature was pointing to a clear attempt by the brains behind the protests to test the will of security agencies to restore order and guarantee internal cohesion.

He said the restoration and maintenance of law and public order, and protection of lives and property remain the sacred and statutory mandate of the Nigeria Police.

This mandate, according to him, shall be fully executed in the overriding interests of the nation and vast majority of citizens and residents of the South-East geopolitical Zone.

He then ordered the mobilisation and deployment of Police Mobile Force across the country to reinforce security in the state commands that MASSOB and IPOB are currently attempting to utilise as launching pads for their sinister intentions.

The Assistant Inspectors-General of Police Zone 5 (Benin); Zone 6 (Calabar) and Zone 9 (Umuahia), as well as all Commissioners of Police in the affected states in the South-East and neigbouring states were also directed to henceforth maximally exercise their statutory mandate in relation to prevention and disruption of any gathering that threatens public order and national cohesion.

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