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IPOB men gathering in Edo, say Police

By Bisi Olaniyi, Southsouth Bureau Chief 

The Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) on Wednesday took its secession message to Edo State.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) in charge of Operation Restore Peace in Southsouth, Moses Jitoboh, said policemen were on the trail of the separatist agitators.

He said the group members have held secret meetings at Igbanke, Ubiaja, Iguelaba, Igueben, Okhiahe and Ologbo, which are Igbo speaking communities.

Jitoboh spoke on the activities of the group at the launch of Operation Restore Peace in Benin, the state capital.

Noting that Edo and Bayelsa were the only states currently enjoying relative peace in Nigeria, the DIG  advised residents of the Southsouth 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.

While reacting to the call by stakeholders to profile persons recruited into vigilance groups in Edo State, Jitoboh asked Commissioner of Police Phillip Ogbadu to work in synergy with the heads of the groups to flush out criminals from the state.

A participants at the   meeting, Odiase Ehiabhi, stirred controversy when he claimed that many members of the vigilance groups belonged to cult groups.

Falana: Engage separatists

Lagos lawyer Mr Femi Falana (SAN) yesterday urged the Federal Government to engage the various separatists groups in the country to douse tensions and agitations.

Falana made the appeal while speaking at the South-West Zonal Public Hearing of the House of Representatives Special Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution in Lagos.

The legal luminary, who spoke on behalf of Alliance on Surviving COVID-19 and Beyond (ASCAB), said government should engage the groups rather instead of declaring war on them.

He said: “We are suggesting that the Federal Government should enter into meaning dialogue with all separatists groups so that perceived injustice can be addressed.

“This is the only way to guarantee peace in the country”.

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