Police on Sunday, raided a church located on Owerri road, Enugu State, and arrested suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
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In a video on Twitter, armed security operatives are seen marching members of the unknown church out one after the other.
The church members are seen raising their hands as they exited the premises of the church as the police operatives watched them.
“The Nigeria police and military have just stormed a church on Owerri Road, Enugu State, molesting over 50 men, both old and young while matching them to an unknown destination.
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“We are bringing this to the attention of the world. The lives of these men should not be wasted for no crime committed. They were only at a place of worship today being Sunday the 30th of May 2021 and no arms were found with them,” a source told SaharaReporters.
However, the police said 54 persons were brought to the headquarters for questioning for “gathering unlawfully” at Owerri road, Ogui, Enugu.
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Without making reference to the incident in the church, Daniel Ndukwe, the command’s spokesperson, in the statement, said, “54 persons were seen to be unlawfully gathered at Owerri Road, Ogui, Enugu, and brought to Headquarters for questioning.
“After nothing incriminating was found on them, the Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Ndatsu Aliyu, psc, addressed and cautioned them to go home and maintain peace. They all left happily, please.”
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IPOB had issued a sit-at-home order in the South-east on May 31, to commemorate the death of those killed during the civil war that ended about 51 years ago.
But the police command had urged residents to “remain law-abiding and vigilant as they go about their legitimate businesses while ignoring the sit-at-home order issued by the proscribed IPOB.”