Solomon Arase, the Inspector General of Police, has ordered disbarment of the activists of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
He also condemned the killing of policemen by the pro-Biafran group.
This was contained in a statement made available by the Force spokesperson, Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Olabisi Kolawole, on May 31, Tuesday, in Abuja.
The statement reads in part: “The IGP noted that the targeted attacks on Police personnel, who have been performing their statutory functions in the most professional and civil manner since the latest resurgence disorder, portrays the IPOB activists who are orchestrating the insurrection as having crossed the threshold in their misguided attempt to test the common will of the nation.
“IGP Arase, while condemning the killing by members of IPOB, also directed the arrest of any member of the group found in possession of firearm and bring him/her to deserved justice, while all IPOB activists arrested in connection with the killing of the policemen should be charged to court for murder.
“Meanwhile, the Nigeria Police Force will continue to diligently work towards eliminating any threat to internal security and assures Nigerians of its commitment to their safety and security.”
The celebration to mark the 49th anniversary of the defunct Biafra republic turned bloody on May 30 when soldiers of the 312 Artillery Brigade confronted the IPOB activists, who had blocked main streets.
Some sources claim that at least 32 people were killed by the navy and military personnel, while others say that only five persons were killed when many others arrested.
The late Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu had proclaimed the Republic of Biafra on May 30, 1966.
The declaration of the independence sparked the civil war that lasted for three years.