Ahead of the sit-at-home order by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, for today’s 60th independence anniversary, the police, army and other security agencies yesterday, started patrolling the nooks and crannies of Owerri, the Imo State capital.
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The combined teams of security agents took to the streets of Owerri in what the state police command called ‘Operation Show of Force.’
According to reports, the ‘Show of Force’ which caused heavy gridlock in the state capital also took place in the 10 police area commands that make up the state.
The state police spokesperson, Orlando Ikeokwu, who spoke to newsmen in Owerri, said there was no cause for alarm.
Ikeokwu confirmed that the show of force was in response to the sit-at-home order declared by the proscribed IPOB.
The police spokesperson said the operation was to reassure the people that the police in conjunction with security agencies were capable of protecting them.
“There is no cause for alarm. The patrol is called ‘Operation Show of Force’. It shows that we are still in the business of protecting lives and property. We are doing it in collaboration with other security agencies and it is taking place in the ten area commands in the state.”
He maintained that the exercise was in response to the sit-at-home order declared by IPOB and they are assuring members of the public that they are capable of protecting them, that they can go about without molestation and enjoy the October 1 public holiday as declared by the federal government.