Policeman patrol the street during gubernatorial elections, in Kaduna, Nigeria, Thursday, April 28, 2011. Small crowds of voters nervously cast ballots Thursday in two states in oil-rich Nigeria hit hard by religious rioting that killed at least 500 people following the nation's presidential election. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Vendors Arrested For Selling IPOB Newspapers In Owerri, Imo

The newspaper distributors are accused of circulating newspapers that promote the actions of IPOB.

The Inspector Basic of Police (IG) Clever Response Workforce (IRT) on Monday arrested 5 newspaper distributors in Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria’s South-east, for allegedly selling actions of the proscribed Indigenous Folks of Biafra (IPOB).

When contacted, the Commissioner of Police in Imo State, Abutu Yaro, confirmed the arrest however mentioned the operatives weren’t from his command.

One of many arrested distributors, Onyebuchi Iwundu, advised the Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) at a police station that the IRT operatives arrested them at Rotibi Avenue, a well-liked newspaper circulation road, off Douglas Street within the early hours of Monday.

Mr Iwundu mentioned they have been accused of circulating newspapers that promote the actions of IPOB.

He mentioned he and others have been manhandled earlier than being taken to the police station for detention.

The seller mentioned the operatives confiscated their papers and cash, including that that they had been warned to not flow into newspapers that promote IPOB actions.

Different distributors arrested have been recognized as Isinwa Blessing, Nelson, Micheal and Sakatan.

NAN reported that the circulation supervisor of New Telegraph newspaper, Chuck Ugwuibe, was arrested on Tuesday at Banana junction Orlu and has been in police custody.

Japanese Safety Community, a safety arm of IPOB, seems to have a robust presence in Imo.