THE Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), on Sunday, accused the All Progressive Congress (APC) of trying to hoodwink Nigerians with its position on state police.
A restructuring committee set up by the party had, among other things, recommended that Nigeria should employ the use of state police which is yet to be adopted by the federal government.
IPOB in a statement signed by its spokesman, Emma Powerful, said the party’s position on state police was nothing more than “election gimmick” adding that the idea of state police would be forgotten after the election, just like the “APC did with (its promise of) restructuring”.
“Had the current administration been sincere about its intentions, it would have implemented the proposal (of restructuring) immediately rather than merely issuing it as a report to be debated upon.
“IPOB is not interested in “whatever structural reforms” the federal government wishes to undertake “because the key tenet of democracy which is public debate and vote on a crucial matter is conspicuously lacking in their approach and proposal for state police”.
“Our primary interest remains the full restoration of the full sovereignty of the nation of Biafra and nothing more.
“Anything short of a referendum to ascertain the wishes of the people is dead on arrival for us.
“We are democrats by genetic disposition, which means that our belief that power resides with the people is sacrosanct.”