Dave Umahi, the Governor of Ebonyi State, has said that the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, was not responsible for the attacks on police installations in the South East.
The South East has been besieged by unknown gunmen attacking police stations and checkpoints. Some of these attacks have ended with policemen losing their lives and their weapons carted away by the attackers.
Dave Umahi, while speaking on a Channels TV breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily on Thursday, absolved IPOB from the killings.
The governor who noted that about 95 percent of police officers killed during the attacks are people from the South East, said criminals who carry out the attacks only tag themselves IPOB to play into the prosecution of the group by the federal government.
“What is happening now is that some criminals will go and commit crime and say they are IPOB so that they will play into the prosecution of IPOB by the federal government,” Umahi said.
“IPOB have said that they are not responsible for the attacks on police stations. They have said they are not into terrorism, banditry or criminality.
“The other day in Ebonyi State, the criminals attacked a police station and carted away arms. The next day, they went to rob with the arms, and fortunately they were caught. So, these are just criminals carrying out these stray.”
Umahi further urged the federal government to support the creation of state police, as according to him, that is the most effective way of tackling growing insecurity in the country.
“The security situation in the country right now calls for state police. The concept of state police is that they will come from among the people, and will therefore be better equipped to take care of insecurity in the communities,” Umahi said.
“State police police will take care of these bandits, and these self styled security agencies. So, I think the time has come for the federal government to give in to the demand for state police.”