Quit notice: Police trail sponsors of northern youth groups

Security agencies are already on the trail of the sponsors of a coalition of northern youth groups that issued a quit notice to Igbos living in the north three weeks ago. 

The Nation reports that the police and other security agencies have been carrying out investigations about the youth groups and their sponsors since the group issued the ultimatum on June 6, 2017. 

A top security source said the arrest of the youths was put on hold after intelligence report revealed that their sponsors had planned to spark crisis if they were arrested. The agencies are said to have turned their attention to the sponsors of the youths as a way of getting to the bottom of the crisis. “We are searching for the sponsors of these youths and we are closing in on them gradually. 

Part of the intelligence report we received was a plot to use the arrest of the youths to trigger off spontaneous attacks in the North,” a source with knowledge of the investigation said. The police and security agencies, however, beat the plotters to their game by staying action on the arrest of the youths. Besides, the Ramadan period could be volatile in the North. 

“The activities of these youths were partly politically-induced and ethnically-motivated. This is why we are trying to unmask the sponsors and why they will prefer to set the nation on fire. 

They also have a few others suspected to be bankrolling these youths.” The source said the police was closing on the sponsors of the youths, adding that the profiling of all the 16 groups, their patrons and past activities was ongoing. 

“No doubt, the boys who issued the quit notice are known; they are not above the law but we will not arrest them now based on the intelligence at our disposal “It is better to dig deeper than doing a hasty job. Even the political authority prefers a cautious approach to the matter. 

“We know the right thing to do but the police and security agencies cannot operate in isolation of the larger picture before the political leadership,” the source added. 

The source said the police command had mobilised its officers to ensure the safety of Igbos in the north. The officer said at the right time those trying to instigate crisis through the ultimatum given to the Igbos will be made to face the law.

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