Abia State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Anthony Ogbizi, has revealed that the police alongside the army, on Sunday, recovered a secret book belonging to the Indigenous people of Biafra, containing the agitators’ military strategies to take up arms.
The CP also said during the Sunday raid, weapons were discovered in an uncompleted building being used as a training ground for members of the Biafra Secret Service.
Ogbizi disclosed this in Umuahia, the state capital, while assessing the role of the police during crises between the military and IPOB members in the state.
He said the joint operation was prompted by information that IPOB members were gathering at Kanu’s home for training.
“We can’t sit back and allow the security of lives and property to be jeopardised in the state because IPOB activities were gearing towards taking up arms.
If they had taken up arms, the South-East leaders and governors would have been held responsible for that, but we won’t even allow that to happen,” he said.
Commissioner of Police, Mr Anthony Ogbizi who made the disclosure during media interaction yesterday in Umuahia identified the items as: “Biafra insignias, letters, documents that give us insights into IPOB activities and plans, lethal weapons and a double- barrel gun.”
A joint team of the police and military raided Kanu’s home on Sunday, October 8 after the compound was earlier invaded by soldiers on September 14.
Kanu’s family had accused the invaders of “looting the palace” and carting away household items, an allegation the police boss denied.
The Police Commissioner said all the items recovered from the IPOB Leader were well documented and were being analysed.
Ogbizi who said the joint operation was carried out based on an intelligent report that IPOB was using one uncompleted building in the compound as a training ground for Biafra Security Service (BSS), said the police did not steal any household item from the palace.
“Police are not thieves, we did not steal any item from Kanu’s home. Every item recovered from the compound was properly documented”, he said.
The police commissioner warned of heavy sanctions for telecommunication service providers who allow their masts to be used by IPOB to hoist their flags.
He said such service providers would be reported to the Nigeria Telecommunication Communication (NCC) for necessary sanctions.
The CP applauded South East Governors for proscribing IPOB at the time they did saying it helped to avert carnages in the region.
According to him, South East Governors and Igbo political leaders would have been held responsible if IPOB had taken up arms.
Justifying the joint police/ military raid on Kanu’s home, the CP explained that it was to stop IPOB from growing into a terrorist organisation.
His words: “Boko Haram started this way and later became violent. How did the civil war start? Was it not because people were killed and their corpses brought home?”