Pro-Biafra groups in Enugu state have been warned by the police not to force people to stay indoors on May 30, as they celebrate the 50 years of declaration of the defunct Biafran Republic.
The Enugu state police command has urged members of the public to disregard the May 30 sit at home order organised by the Biafra Independence Movement (BIM) and Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB) in the state.
The command in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Ebere Amaraizu, on Tuesday, May 23, warned that it will resist any attempt by pro-Biafra groups to force people to comply with the sit at home order scheduled for May 30, Vanguard reports.
It said: “The Enugu State Command of the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, wishes to inform members of the public, particularly the good people of the state, that its attention has been drawn to an alleged sit-at-home order being circulated by groups of persons masquerading under the aegis of Biafra Independence Movement, BIM, among others.
“In view of the above, the command wishes to advise members of the public to disregard such order and go about their normal lawful businesses as the state command, in partnership with other sister security agencies in the state as well as relevant stake holders, is assuring members of the public of their safety and security in the state.”
The command warned that any person or group of person caught promoting any unlawful act will be made to face the law.
Meanwhile, former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and seven other leaders will be speaking to Nigerians regarding the importance of Biafra in Nigerian history.
The leaders are scheduled to speak on Thursday, May 25, at a conference on the “Memory and Nation Building – Biafra: 50 Years After”.
At the one-day conference, which will hold at the Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja by 9am, Osinbajo is expected to deliver a keynote address.
A statement by the Foundation listed other speakers as a former permanent secretary of information, education and industry, Alhaji Ahmed Joda; President General Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo; and Professor John Stremlau of the University of Witwatersrand who will serve as lead speakers.