Police commands in Anambra and Rivers states have warned the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its supporters to desist from carrying out their planned protest scheduled for Friday (today).
IPOB had on Sunday declared that it would carry out a worldwide rally to protest the continuous incarceration of Kanu by the Federal Government on September 23.
The police have also described the protest as illegal, warning all those who have planned to protest to retrace their steps to avoid ugly consequences.
In a statement released on Thursday, entitled: ‘Re: Protest Attempt to Cause Breach of Peace,’ signed by the Anambra State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Nkeiruka Nwode, the police said its attention had been drawn to the planned protest.
The statement read in part, ‘The attention of the Anambra State Police Command has been drawn to the information that some misguided elements have perfected plans to cause public disorder and conduct themselves in a manner that is likely to cause breach of the peace.
“The command is using this medium to warn such elements to retrace their steps and desist from embarking on any acts of criminality.
“In the same vein, parents are advised to warn their children/wards from being used for acts of illegality.”
The Rivers State Police Command also issued a similar warning, stressing that parents should keep their wards at home or allow them go about their legitimate businesses without breaching the peace.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Francis Odesanya, who issued the warning while speaking to reporters in Port Harcourt on Thursday, said the command would not tolerate any plan to cause a breakdown of law and order.
“Parents and guardians should better advise their wards to stay away from any act that could breach the peace in Rivers State or go about their business in peace.
“The protest is illegal and uncalled for. We are not going to allow anybody to cause a breakdown of law and order here. The command will not tolerate any act of anarchy anywhere in Rivers State,” he added.