The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, has ordered the Commissioner of Police (CP) in Kaduna State to investigate and arrest members of the Coalition of Northern Youths for issuing an ultimatum to South Easterners living in the North.
The Coalition of Northern Youths on June 6, at a news conference in Kaduna, gave a three-month ultimatum to South Easterners living in the North to leave. It had also ordered Northerners living in the southeastern part of the country to return to the North.
The group attributed the ultimatum to the constant agitation by the Igbo ethnic group to have their own independent country.
The IG gave the order at a meeting with Commissioners of Police and other high ranking officers on Thursday in Abuja. He warned that no individual or group of persons had the right to ask any individual to leave his or her place of residence in any part of the country.
He ordered other state commissioners of police in the North and assistant inspectors-general of Police in the various zonal commands to do same.
He said “as Commissioners of Police and Assistant Inspectors-General of Police, we have the responsibility to stop this group of persons from carrying out their threats.
“I want us to be at alert to ensure that such persons or group were stopped at all cost from carrying out their threats. No individual has the authority to stop anybody from looking for his daily bread.
He explained that the Nigerian Constitution guarantees every citizen the right to live in any part of the country he or she chooses.