Friday, March 21, 2014

Biafra threat: Imo beefs up security

MASSOB-igbosFollowing alleged  threat by a faction of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), known as Biafra Zionist Federation(BZF), to storm other South-East States to hoist its flag  in their Government Houses, the Imo State Government has beefed up security around the  Government House, Owerri.
In a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on media, Sam Onwuemeodo, the government urged the people of the state not to panic as their lives and properties would be protected. The government, it said, has also moved to nip the threat in the bud.
The statement read in part: “All the security agencies in the state have been alerted to this threat, and they will work in tandem with other agencies of the state government to ensure that the long existing peace in the state is not brought under any threat or jeopardy by any group, no matter which name, such group goes with.
“Imo state is known as the most peaceful state in the federation, if not in Africa, and the visionary and people-oriented government of Owelle Rochas Okorocha has continued to ensure that the state remains peaceful, and any attempt by any group to harm the peace of the state will be resisted.
“The leadership of the Zionist Biafra must have been aware that Imo state has the long history of being a peaceful state and the people of the state would not compromise that feat.”
The government therefore, warned the BZF to stay away from the state as any attempt by the group to destabilise the existing peace in the state would be suicidal .The statement also urged visitors to the Government House and the state in general to cooperate with security personnel and others working, to ensure that the state remains the most peaceful state in the country.
The leadership of the BZF had claimed  responsibility for the attack on Enugu State Government House and hinted in the media, that the next target is Owerri, the Imo State capital.