The leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has urged the Nigeria Police to charge its officers reportedly arrested in connection with the Orlu violence in Imo State to court.
Kanu was reacting to the reported arrest of some policemen in Imo State who resorted to violence to enforce a dusk-to-dawn curfew declared by the state government in all the local councils in Orlu.
In a viral video on Wednesday, the police officers were seen beating residents riding motorbikes or walking on the streets of Orlu with sticks.
The policemen subjected some of the curfew violators to doing frog jump while the officer hit them with guns and rods.
As previously reported by Naija News, the spokesman for the Imo Police Command, SP Orlando Ikeokwu, on Thursday, on behalf of the state Commissioner of Police, Nasiru Mohammed, said the officers were arrested on Wednesday.
Mohammed said the officers were seen in a viral video committing the act at Banana Junction in Orlu.
He said disciplinary action was being taken against the officers whose conduct was deemed unprofessional.
He advised the public to report any unprofessional conduct of officers of the command to the Assistant Commissioner of Police, XSquad, Public Complaint Bureau, or to the office of the commissioner of police.
Mohammed condemned the “inhuman treatment and assault on yet to be identified persons in the viral video.”
Reacting to the development, Kanu the IPOB leader in a brief statement on Friday, urged the Police authourities to charge the arrested officers to court for him to believe they are not an instrument of state terror and to prove their own sincerity.
He wrote on Twitter: “Dear @PoliceNG: If the reported ARREST of some policemen for the carnage at #Orlu turns out to be SINCERE, it will change my perception of the police as an instrument of State terror. Charge these criminals in uniform to Court immediately to prove your sincerity. Thank you!”
It will be recalled the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma had in the wake of the violence, imposed a 6pm to 6am curfew in some affected Local Government Areas of the State following the breakout of violence on Monday.
The LGAs affected by the curfew declared by the Governor are: Orlu, Orsu, Oru East, Oru West, Ideato North, Ideato South, Njaba, Isu, Nwangele, and Nkwerre.