Heavily armed police operatives on Sunday stormed a church in Owerri Road, Enugu State, and arrested some worshippers suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB).
It is understood that the police operatives stormed the church while service was going on, arrested the suspected IPOB members, and took them away to the Police headquarters in Enugu.
As seen in the video about the incident, the suspects were lined up with arms raised and taken away from the church premises.
“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.
“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 newsmen.
However, the police said those brought to the headquarters for questioning were arrested for suspected unlawful gathering.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Daniel Ndukwe, in a statement without making reference to the church incident said the arrested persons have been released after it was discovered that they were innocent.
“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,” he said.
Watch the video below.
Security operatives invade Enugu church, arrest 50 Members over alleged IPOB membership pic.twitter.com/d8E7ZqfpYn
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Meanwhile, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has rejected claims by the Imo State Police Command that its members are responsible for the assassination of Ahmed Gulak.
IPOB insisted that it has nothing in common with Gulak and its members are not killers, hence couldn’t have been responsible for the killing of the northern politician.