Soldiers have arrested three members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Abia state, for allegedly planning to disrupt the upcoming Anambra elections.
According to reports, the IPOB members were distributing flyers captioned: No election in Anambra state and entire Biafra land until referendum is conducted.
The Assistant Director Army Public Relations, 14 Brigade, Oyegoke Gbadamosi said that the suspects were arrested along the Alaoji Fly Over on Sunday, November 12, 2017.
According to Gbadamosi , “Troops of 144 Battalion on patrol in Aba town on Sunday, 12 November 2017 at about 4am in Alaoji Fly Over general area of Aba arrested 3 suspected members of proscribed IPOB organization in Aba, Abia State.
“The suspects are; Mr Nwagbougwu Okeke, aged 55yrs, Mr Chidiebere Nwaoha, aged 35yrs and Mr John Nwaogazi, aged 50yrs.
“The suspects were caught distributing flyers and posters with caption ‘No Election In Anambra State’. The suspects and flyers have been handed over to the Department of State Security for further investigation.
“14 Brigade, Nigerian Army will continue to partner with other security agencies to flush out criminality and anti social activities within the State. Members of the public are respectfully requested to pass timely information to the security agencies.”
The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, granted the Federal Government an interim injunction proscribing activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdul Kafarati, granted the injunction in chambers.
The Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, had filed an exparte application urging the court to grant the injunction.
Meanwhile, the United States has declared that the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) isn’t yet a ‘terrorist organisation’; at least within its own borders.