The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase on Tuesday condemned the killing of police officers by members of the Biafra group in different parts of Nigeria.
The incident occurred during celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the defunct Biafra republic.
The groups involved in the clash are the Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and the Indigeneous People of Biafra.
A statement issued by police spokesperson, ACP Olabisi Kolawole said, “the targeted attacks on Police personnel, who have been performing their statutory functions in the most professional and civil manner since the latest resurgence disorder, portrays the IPOB activists as having crossed the threshold in their misguided attempt to test the common will of the nation.”
IGP Arase, while condemning the killing by members of IPOB, also directed the arrest of any member of the group found in possession of firearm and bring him/her to deserved justice.
Ha added that all IPOB activists arrested in connection with the killing of the Policemen should be charged to court for murder.
More than seven people have been killed and several others injured in the clash between police officials and members of the Biafra group in different parts of Nigeria.
Following the incident, Police in Anambra, Imo and Delta states say dozens of suspects have been arrested.
IGP Arase, also directed the Assistant Inspectors General of Police and the Commissioners of Police in the affected area to disarm members of the group operating firearms immediately.
Late Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu had declared the Republic of Biafra on May 30, 1966.
The secessionist state in eastern Nigeria existed from the 30th of May 1966, to January 1970.