Palpable fear yesterday griped the residents of Enugu State as no fewer than twelve persons suspected to be members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) were arrested by the police in the state.
The police working on a tip-off on a planned nefarious activity by the group swooped on them and made the arrests while many others escaped.
Suspects were nabbed inside the popular Ogbete market in the city of Enugu the state capital as they allegedly went into the market with public address to threaten and inflict fears on the members of the public particularly the traders.
According to Enugu State police spokesman, Ebere Amaraizu the IPOB members were announcing to the traders not to come to market from yesterday.
They were warning them that if any one is seen in the market that the person will be dealt with by the group.
“The suspects were rounded up by the operatives as the alleged threat announcement was being carried out. Recovered from suspects includes 21 handsets of different types and various leaflets.
Also recovered includes flags suspected to be that of the group with their insignia, public address systems and one wireless microphone.
Suspects are helping the operatives in their investigations and will soon be charged to court,” said Amaraizu.
Meanwhile security has been beefed up at the market as people were seen yesterday at the market conducting their business as usual.