IPOB: Police clamp down on newspaper vendors, arrest 5 in Imo

The Inspector-General Police (I-G) Intelligent Response Team (IRT) on Monday arrested five newspaper vendors in for promoting activities the proscribed Indigenous People Biafra (IPOB).

When contacted, the Commissioner Police in Imo, Mr Abutu Yaro, confirmed the arrest added that the operatives were not from his command.

One the arrested vendors, Onyebuchi Iwundu told the News Agency Nigeria (NAN) at a police that the IRT operatives arrested them at Rotibi Street, a popular newspaper circulation street off the Douglas in the early hours Monday.

Iwundu said they were accused circulating and promoting activities the Indigenous People Biafra (IPOB).

alleged that they were manhandled before being taken to the police for detention.

The vendor also alleged that the operatives confiscated their papers and money, adding that they had been warned not to circulate newspapers that IPOB’s activities.

listed others arrested alongside with him as Isinwa Blessing, Nelson,  Micheal and Sakatan.

NAN also reports that the circulation Manager New Telegraph Newspaper, Mr Chuck Ugwuibe was arrested on Tuesday at Banana junction Orlu and has been in police custody. (NAN)