By Gbenga Omokhunu, Abuja
Police authorities have directed its operatives to not accompany their principals to Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo and Rivers States till the safety state of affairs within the area improves.
The order was sequel to the unceasing assaults on safety operatives and formations within the South-East and a part of South-South zones by suspected members of the Indigenous Individuals of Biafra(IPOB).
The directive was contained in a wi-fi message with reference CB: 0900/DTS/DOPS/VOL.47/812X, titled ‘Assault on policemen, snatching of rifles by IPOB,’ by the Commissioner of Police, Asaba, Delta State.
Findings revealed the police copied the Chief Safety Officer, Authorities Home, Chief Superintendent of Police, Division of Operations, Delta State Oil Producing Areas Improvement Fee, Delta State Home of Meeting, Nigerian Nationwide Petroleum Company annex, amongst others.
The wi-fi message reads: “Sequel to the incessant assaults on policemen and snatching of arms and ammunition by the proscribed IPOB/ESN (Japanese Safety Community) components within the Japanese states of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo States and Rivers State, COMPOL DOPS directs you warn personnel that escort of their principals to the six japanese states is suspended forthwith till safety state of affairs improves. Guarantee strict compliance, please.”
Since final yr, many operatives have been killed throughout assaults on safety formations within the South-East and South-South areas.
The state of affairs has sparked panic amongst safety personnel.
Confirming the event, the Pressure Public Relation Officer, CP Frank Mba informed The Nation in Abuja the step was taken to save lots of the officers and their principals from gunmen.
Mba mentioned the sign originated from Delta State Command and it was issued on the authorities of the Commissioner of Police, in Delta State.
He mentioned the sign is obvious, including that: “That sign didn’t come from Pressure headquarters, so shouldn’t be a nationwide directive.
“And any affordable individual will perceive that this can be a superb directive. The Commissioner of Police acted inside his powers and he gave the directives to treatment sure mischief”.