The police in Ebonyi state have warned the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, a proscribed separatist group, against disrupting the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to the state on Tuesday.
Titus Lamorde, Commissioner of Police in the state, gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abakaliki. He said the command was well equipped to deal with all forms of security challenges before, during and after the president’s visit. According to Lamorde, any individual or group of persons that foment trouble before, during and after the visit would be severely dealt with.
“I will not disclose the number of personnel we have drafted for security reasons, but I assure citizens that enough personnel have been deployed across the state to ensure a hitch-free visit,” he said.
“The president’s visit is a welcome development as the citizens should cooperate with security agencies to make it a successful one.
“We would not meddle in political issues as security outfit, but the visit is developmentally-oriented because of the numerous projects the president would inaugurate,” he said.
“My officers would not intimidate or harass individuals or groups as the duty of ensuring a hitch-free event is a collective one,” he said.