The Imo Police Command said it has uncovered plans by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to hijack the planned June 12 protest scheduled to hold in the state on Saturday.
Abutu Yaro, the command’s Commissioner of Police, disclosed this while speaking to journalists in Owerri, the Imo State capital, on Friday.
According to Yaro, the planned protest is a ploy to heat up the polity and worsen the security challenges confronting the state.
He urged residents of the state to be cautious and not participate in the protest.
He said: “Thanks to police intelligence, we have uncovered plans by members of IPOB and Eastern Security Network (ESN) to hijack civil protests on June 12.
“We advise Imo people to steer clear because some of those conveners have ulterior motives.
“We will not tolerate any attempt by hoodlums to destabilise the state, and anybody or group that insists on disrupting the fragile peace in the state will meet his/her waterloo.”
Yaro called on residents of the state to support efforts by the police and other security agencies to restore peace and create an enabling environment for commercial and business activities to thrive.
Various groups are scheduled to hold demonstrations on June 12 – designated as Democracy Day in Nigeria – to protest against the state of the nation and the governance of President Muhammadu Buhari.