According to the new Abia state commissioner of police, Anthony Ogbizi, anybody found with the Biafra flag will be arrested and charged to court.
The police boss stated this while parading seven suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Ogbizi saying that the declaration of IPOB as a terrorist organization and the proscription of the group by the governors of the South East automatically makes it illegal for anyone to operate under IPOB or adorn Biafra flag or emblems. In his words, he said:
They say IPOB is an armless group doing protests, but you have seen it yourself that the group is violent. They set bonfires on the road and attack with offensive weapons.
IPOB destroyed the Ariaria Police, they were armed with petrol bombs which they used to destroy Police and exhibit vehicles. They also carted three pump action rifles and threw a petrol bomb on a patrol vehicle conveying MOPOL men.
You can see the destruction of commercial vehicles. IPOB coordinated these attacks from Nnamdi Kanu’s house. IPOB members confronted the military at Isiala Ngwa. Look at the attack on the bank, we don’t know the motive. IPOB going to this extent cannot be said to be a non violent organization. Anybody that abets, finances, encourages or associates with IPOB will be arrested.”
The police commissioner further added that one of his officers, an assistant superintendent of police injured during the crisis between suspected IPOB members and security operatives in Ariaria police state, Aba, has died from his injuries.