The Commissioner of Police, Ebonyi State Command, Musa Kimo has warned members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, not to use its sit-at-home order to harass and intimidate law abiding citizens of the state.
The commissioner made this known while briefing journalists in Abakaliki, saying responsible law-abiding citizens should go about their lawful businesses, assuring them of their security.
Kimo who just resumed duty a week ago, however, debunked insinuations making the rounds that he was working for a political party, adding that he was apolitical.
He said: “Officers that will work with me have been directed to ensure that they operate in line with international best practices. By this, we are going to be responsible, responsive, reliable and one that you can always trust.
“We will always work with your cooperation and with you the good people of the salt State-Ebonyi State. We intend to achieve that feat by reducing crime and criminality to its barest minimum.
“Strategies we are going to employ include community policing, interagency cooperation, ie synergy with other security services, visibility policing, massive deployment, intelligence gathering, stop and search and raid on identified criminal hideout.
“Let me cease this opportunity to warn unscrupulous elements, hoodlums and people who do not choose to be law-abiding, people that have penchant for inflicting excruciating pains on law-abiding citizens to have a rethink because the police in conjunction with other security agencies will not fold their arms.
“Information is reaching us that the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, have concluded plans to harass, intimidate, molest law-abiding citizens.
“I want to assure all responsible and law-abiding citizens and other people who are here to do their legitimate business, that they have nothing to fear as measures are in place to guarantee everybody’s safety. I also want to appeal to parents and guardians to warn their wards to desist.”