– Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG), Moses Jitoboh, has launched Operation Restore Peace in Edo state
– At the launch on Wednesday, June 2, the police boss said the proscribed group, IPOB, is making plans to spread its secession agenda to the south-south region
– Jitoboh listed six Edo communities where the group members are holding secret meetings, adding that police are already after them
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Benin City, Edo state – The police have raised that alarm that members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are meeting in parts of Edo to spread their secessionist agenda across the state.
Daily Trust reported that the Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) in charge of Operation Restore Peace in the south-south region, Moses Jitoboh, said this on Wednesday, June 2, during the launch of the operation in Benin City.
He mentioned six communities where IPOB members were currently holding their secret meetings namely;
The police chief noted that the communities resisted the secession agenda and commended them for being patriotic.
“We’ve been notified that there are some points where the Ibo secessionist are meeting to create havoc in the state. It’ll do us good for the people of those areas to provide useful information about them.
“It’s better to nip them in the bud than allowing it to grow into something else in the state. So, you must not allow anybody to come in and scuttle it with secessionist messages.”
Also reporting the incident, The Nation stated that the DIG said his men were already on the trail of the separatist agitators.
Noting that Edo and Bayelsa were the only states currently enjoying relative peace in Nigeria, the DIG advised the residents not to allow IPOB to disseminate its secession messages in the zone.
Jitoboh also advised the residents of the communities to always report the presence of the secession agitators to the police.
In other news, Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo state has said the killing of Ahmed Gulak, a former presidential aide, has a political undertone.
Addressing a press conference in Owerri, the state capital, on Monday, May 31, Governor Uzodimma dismissed the claim of the Imo state police command that Gulak was killed by IPOB members.
Excerpts of the press statement were sent to Legit.ng by Amaka Okafor, special adviser on new/ and electronic media to Governor Uzodimma.