The Abia State Police Commissioner (CP), Ene Okon, said IPOB was blackmailing the police by raising the alarm about the presence of policemen and other security personnel around Kanu’s home.
According to The Nation newspaper, CP Okon said: “What IPOB has given to you people is completely false. As a matter of fact, we received intelligence report that IPOB is going to have a meeting in Nnamdi Kanu’s house.
“They prepared also for a protest over the alleged killing of their members during the Operation Python Dance and as an organisation that is charged with maintenance of law and order and to ensure peace, based on the intelligence that we gathered, we have to fortify the already existing police points within the area, which has been there for the past two years.
“All what we did is to put in more number of police in that area to ensure that there is peace . No policeman entered Nnamdi Kanu’s house or his father’s house.
“IPOB is pushing out propaganda to blackmail the police. The police didn’t even know whether Nnandi Kanu’s father is at home or not. Under what offence will the police go to arrest Nnamdi Kanu’s father; a 90-years-old man?
“If police have anyone to arrest, it is Nnamdi Kanu because he has been declared wanted and not the father.
“It is a mere propaganda or blackmail to win the sympathy of the Igbo by the IPOB. Remember that IPOB has been proscribed by law and they remain proscribed.
“Any of their activities and gathering is illegal. If we get intelligence of their gathering which will disrupt the peace of the area, I don’t think that we should sit back and look at them disturbing the peace of the area.”