According to a statement released by the command, the IPOB members attacked the police officers that were sent out to destroy billboards, flags and insignia released by the group to inform the residents of the state on its May 30th sit-at-home order.
Many of the police officers were injured after the members of the group threw stones at them. However, the police officers were able to overpower them and made some arrests.
The statement in part reads
” There was a report that the Indigenous People of Biafra came out in large number moving around with dangerous weapons and at the same time hoisting flags of the proscribed group on poles and billboards. Following the report, police operatives rushed to the scene in order to prevent them from mounting the flags but they engaged the police with catapults and stones.
“However, 12 suspects were arrested and over 50 flags with different inscriptions of IPOB/MASSOB and Biafran Independent movements recovered as exhibits. There was another intelligence report that some misguided elements suspected to be IPOB Members were sighted at various locations mounting Biafra flags along Ekwulobia -Uga Road in Aguata LGA of Anambra State.
“Police patrol teams pursued them and arrested 12 suspects while others escaped, 72 Biafran flags and items with Biafra inscriptions were recovered.