Members of the movement for the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) numbering about a hundred were arrested on Sunday, September 6 by police operatives in Asaba, Delta state.
News about the arrest was published by an online newspaper, Today.ng, which stated that the IPOB members were arrested for what was termed unlawful assembly.
Celestina Kalu, the spokesperson of the state police command, said the suspects were arrested in a location in Asaba after concerned Nigerians wrote a letter to the inspector general of police, Solomon Arase.
The letter stated that the people were not comfortable with the activities of the group which prompted the police to take action.
According to sources, the members were involved in their meeting which was perceived to focus on separatism when conventional and mobile policemen arrested them.
It was reported that the meeting was going on in an abandoned textile mill and the members were unaware of the presence of the police until they were surrounded.
The police spokesperson said investigations had commenced but declined to reveal the exact location where the arrests were carried out.
One of the members of IPOB who escaped said they did not know how the police had got wind of the location of their meeting.
He said: “I jumped through the fence on a head breath when I noticed policemen presence and they swooped on my other members, I do not know how they got the information that we were inside the premises where the gates were locked.”
In a related development, about 50 members of Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) were arrested by policemen while they were planning the annual Ojukwu memorial celebration recently.