By Osakhare Erese, Asaba
No fewer than 100 young men and ladies alleged to be members of the
Movement for the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) were on Sunday
evening arrested by the police in Asaba, Delta state for what was
described as an unlawful assembly.
The suspects, Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mrs.
Celestina Kalu confirmed were arrested in an undisclosed location
within Asaba by a combined team of conventional and mobile policemen.
Sources said their arrest was followed by a tip off by concerned
Nigerians who have not being comfortable with the activities of the
group and had last July written the Inspector General of Police IGP,
According to informed sources, the suspects were deeply enmeshed in
the meeting discussion perceived to be unlawful agenda when the police
swooped on them at gun point.
It was gathered that policemen stormed the meeting venue, said to be
hide out of the group, in several Hilux vans, cordoned off the area
and arrested the group members.
Speaking further, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state
Mrs. Celestina Kalu said investigation has commenced but refused to
disclose the area where the suspects were arrested, saying that the
police were keeping it secret.
Investigation revealed that the group members were arrested inside the
abandoned Asaba textile mill premises at the peak of their meeting
where it was presumed to be sinister and unlawful.
One of the group members who escaped arrest but spoke to our
correspondent on condition of anonymity said “I jumped through the
fence on a head breath when I noticed policemen presence and they
swooped on my other members, I do not know how they got the
information that we were inside the premises where the gates were