The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has given reason why the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has not been re-arrested for flouting his court orders.
IGP Ibrahim Idris
Explaining why Kanu and the President of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), Shettima Yerima have not been arrested for inflammatory comments, he said the police was on top of the situation adding that they have to analyse the pros and cons.
Speaking on Friday, August 4, during a working visit to The Nation’s corporate headquarters in Lagos, Idris said Arewa youths have not been arrested yet based on the decision of the National Security Council.
The police IG said: “We have the National Security Council in place chaired by the Acting President. We have been meeting and analyzing each of these threat messages from separatist groups. We have to analyse the pros and cons. As you are aware, the police is on top of the situation. You can see every action the police are taking accord with the aggregation of interest by the National Security Council.
“As an organisation, what we take as paramount is the maintenance of law and order. There was a time we ordered the arrest of the leaders of groups making threat messages. Then, leaders of various ethnic nationalities came to the villa for a meeting with the acting president.
“The agreements reached at the meeting made the police to relax on the arrest order. We believe there are certain situations needed to be managed very carefully, so that you don’t bring up tension. We believe the security and safety of Nigerians is paramount. We are assuring Nigerians that there is no person or group of persons that can deny them their rights to free movement in any part of the country.”
On the issue of kidnapping, he vowed that it will be eliminated alongside other crimes in the country within a year.
Idris disclosed that plans were underway to send 100 marine police officers to the Navy for special training on counter kidnapping and militancy.
This is part of efforts to develop the marine police so as to dominate secure these riverine communities from militants.
He added that officers’ morale in combating crimes has strengthened and boosted.
He assured Nigerians that in a year they would see a different police working to ensure their safety in every nook and cranny of the country.
Voice of Ndigbo earlier reported that a secessionist organisation, Biafra Zionist Federation (BZF) announced the split of south east from Nigeria by announcing an interim government to run the affairs of Biafra.
The group listed members of the cabinet to include Prof. Chukwuma Soludo as governor of the Central Bank of Biafra (CBB), Prof. Pat Utomi as foreign affairs minister, Mrs. Aruma Oteh as finance minister and former Personal Secretary to Late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu as petroleum.
Report suggests that the Department of State Services (DSS) is planning to invite some of those listed as cabinet members for questioning following their silence.
According to the report, the federal government was worried that after the secessionist organisation announced them as cabinet members, they have not disowned the group more than 72 hours after.