The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), has sent a strong warning to members of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) to desist from holding any planned meeting in the state.
The warning is coming on the heels of a statement by the State Police Command that it has uncovered plans by members of the proscribed IPOB to set up cells in the state.
Chairman of the Central Zone of the IYC, Clever Inodu in a statement, said the activities of IPOB is capable of breaching peace in the state if left unchecked.
He noted that the IYC would not permit any meeting of IPOB in the state even if they formally apply, stressing that Bayelsa will not be the place for them to push their secessionist agenda.
He said: “The attention of the leadership of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Central Zone has been drawn to alleged gathering of the IPOB in the State.
“Bayelsa State is among the states enjoying relative peace in the country, the activities of this group, if not checked, is capable of breaching the peace especially in view of the present fragile state of security in the nation”.
He warned leaders of IPOB not to test their resolve to keep the state peaceful and called on all hotel owners and event centres not to rent their halls or premises to members of the group or the property will be shut down.
“Ijaw nationality has been in existence even before the so called IPOB, I therefore, call on Leaders of the IPOB to desist on any planned meeting in the state with the intent of spreading message of secessionist that is capable of breaching the existing peace and security in the state.
“Hotel Managements and Hall owners should desist any attempt of allowing the IPOB group to hire their premises for such gathering, whoever that disregard the directive of the IYC on the above will have his or her property totally shut-down for business operations in the state.
“In view of the foregoing, I want to call and appeal to various community leaders in the state to report any perceived gathering of secessionist group in their locality to appropriate authorities for urgent attention,” he concluded.