Nigeria police tighten security after threats against Igbos

evictionFrom EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria ABUJA, (CAJ News) – POLICE have beefed up security after some youth gave citizens of Igbo extraction residing in Northern Nigeria to relocate within three months.The Arewa Citizens Action for Change, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum,Arewa Youth Development Foundation, Arewa Students Forum and Northern Emancipation Network gave the ultimatum at the weekend.They threatened “unspecified actions” if the ultimatum was not followed.Consequently, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has directed all Commissioners of Police in charge of Police State Commands in the country and their supervising Assistant Inspectors General of Police in the Zonal Commands of the federation to increase security in their respective states and ensure the alleged ultimatum is not actualised.“The Nigeria Police Force sees this ultimatum by the above mentioned groups as illegal, unlawful, provocative and capable of causing breach of the peace currently being enjoyed across the country,” said Jimoh Moshood,Force Public Relations Officer.Moshood said police were closely monitoring the activities of the said groups and would apply the “full weight” of the law on any violator of the law or anyone who attempted to molest, mistreat, panic and cause fear in the mind of any other Nigerian in the country.He advised traditional rulers, opinion leaders, religious leaders, parents and guardians to prevail on their subjects, adherents, children and wards not to allow themselves to be used by any group(s) to disturb public peace and unleash mayhem on innocent Nigerians.“The Nigeria Police Force will continue to respect the diversity of the people and ensure that the rule of law prevails everywhere in the country.”The ultimatum by the youth is the latest in a series of ethnic tensions in Nigeria, which has over 500 ethnic groups. Igbos are third most populous.
– CAJ News

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