The police in Delta have concluded plans to prosecute the eight members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who were arrested on Monday over the murder of two police officers during the pro-Biafra protest in Asaba, the Delta state capital.
Acting Police Public Relations Officer, Charles Muka, on Wednesday, said the eight persons would be charged to court for murder and demonstrating against the police ban on public protest and demonstrations in the state capital.
Although investigation is still ongoing, Muka said the eight persons would be made to face the full weight of the law if found guilty of the charges preferred against them, including the murder of the two police officers who were deployed to curtail the excesses of the protesters.
Members of pro-Biafra groups including the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Biafra Independent Movement (BIM) had on Monday trooped to streets of Asaba in celebration of the anniversary of the proclamation of Biafra by Odimegwu Ojukwu on May 30, 1967.
The celebration, which was in form of demonstration, however, went wild as two police officers allegedly lost their lives in different parts of the town during an encounter with the secessionist groups.
Muka alleged that the irate groups violently assaulted three police locations and killed two policemen and injured two others at Cable and Abraka areas of Asaba and made away with one AK 47 assault rifle and one smoke riot
gunner from the killed and injured policemen.
The police spokesman decried the activities of the secessionists, adding that the police were battle ready to tackle them, insisting that security agencies will not fold their arms and watch a few persons take laws into their hands in pursuit of whatever agenda.
Meanwhile, Delta State Government has stated that no part of the state is under the proposed Biafra territory, and condemned the agitations of the secessionist groups.
In a statement entitled: ‘Biafra Agitation – Our Stand’, Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Festus Ovie Agas, stated that it was clearly a patent error for anybody or group to suggest or insinuate that Delta State or more specifically, Anioma people have been or are part of the South-East that is supposed to make up the proposed Biafran Republic.
He said while some communities in the state may have cultural affinity with the people of the South-East, the people of the present Delta State have always occupied a unique position in the Nigeria federation and were never part of the South-East as is being suggested in some quarters.
“Therefore, we object in its totality to the inclusion of Delta State without our consent in the proposed Biafran Republic. This clarification has become necessary to avoid any confusion or misunderstanding regarding the status of Delta State in the renewed Biafran agitation,” Agas said.