The Police in Anambra on Thursday arrested two Onitsha publishers who were allegedly printing fliers for the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, calling for the boycott of November 18 election boycott in Anambra State.
This was disclosed by the Anambra State Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Garba Umar during a press conference in his office at Amawbia.
Some of the fliers read, ‘Call for referendum is not call for war;’ ‘No election in Anambra State,’ ‘Biafrans declare sit at home,’ ‘Anyone who insists on participating in the Anambra election will be doing so at his or her own risk.’
IPOB has consistently called for a sit-at-home on November 18th, the day for Anambra governorship election.
However, Mr. Umar warned that his command would not tolerate any IPOB activity in the state under any guise.
He said, “After a discreet procedure in collating intelligence on miscreants and members of the proscribed IPOB, the Onitsha area command raided a printing press where thousands of posters and handbills were being printed.”
He said he would not spare any group or individual who try to disrupt the peace in the state, while calling on residents to ensure they report any attempt to cause a breach of the peace.
The printers arrested would help the police in tracking down the IPOB members who gave them the job, Garba said.