The Abia State Police Command has just issued a warning to the members of the IPOB group (Indigenous People of Biafra) to steer clear of the lying in state of the parents of their leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
News getting to 9jatoday that the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ene Okon, said the police would not allow IPOB to partake in the burial.
He further added that if members of the proscribed group were seen anywhere near or around the burial venue, the police would scatter the burial.
IPOB had earlier told the Nigerian army and other security agencies to better focus on the real security issues confronting the nation, instead of preventing them from burying His Royal Majesty Eze Israel Okwu Kanu and his wife.
The pro-Biafran said this clearly that its members will not be coming for war but to pay their last respects as it is due to the parents of their leader.
But the CP said he had contact the traditional prime minister of Afaraukwu, which is Kanu’s hometown, to make it clear to him that the burial would not hold if IPOB members attended.
He said, “Whoever thinks along that line is fooling himself. IPOB will dance during the burial and the police elephants will dance too.
“They (Afaraukwu community) should tell IPOB not to go near the area, let alone partaking in the burial.
“If the community fails to adhere to the police’s warning, the burial will not go on smoothly because we are going to scatter the place. IPOB is proscribed by the Federal Government.”
Okon further added that no one should expect him, as the Commissioner of Police, to sit back and allow a proscribed group operate in the state.
“We will not tolerate any flag, insignia of IPOB, or the group members disguising as Zionist Church members or the Jewish during the burial.”
He insisted that the police would certainly provide security for the burial on the condition that no member of the IPOB would be seen around the venue.