Biafra: Police Reveal Identities Of IPOB Members Arrested In Imo
The Nigeria Police Force, Imo State Command has revealed the identity of some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) that it arrested recently in a gun duel.
The police reported that its command tactical team on Monday raided some camps of the agitators and engaged them in a fierce gun battle.
Their arrest according to the Spokesman for the Imo State Police Command, CSP Micheal Abattam, was made after credible intelligence gathering and surveillance confirmed their hideouts at Okwudo in Njaba LGA of Imo and Umuorji Mgbidi in Oru West LGA of the state respectively.
At least three members of the IPOB reportedly died during the gun battle while others sustained injuries.
The arrested persons are all in police custody as of when this report is given..
Items recovered while combing the bush and searching the camps includes three automatic pump action guns, four locally made pistols, twenty-one (21) rounds of live cartridges, four locally made Improvised Explosives Devices (IEDS).
Other items recovered include, five sharpened cutlasses, five rounds of 7.62 mm live AK47 rifle ammunition, four rounds of 5.56 mm live assault rifle ammunition, one big rubber drum containing substances suspected to be Indian hemp.
The policemen also recovered a good quantity of Ice Hard Drugs suspected to be “Mkpurumiri”, one live tortoise, assorted black charms, four Biafran flags, several Biafran/MASSOB Identity cards, three battle-axes, four Biafran berets and assorted phones.
CSP Abattam confirmed that the remains of the three others killed have been deposited at Federal Medical Center Mortuary Owerri.
The police spokesperson said investigations have uncovered that the suspects are the ones terrorizing the people of Imo State.
He further stated that the suspects orchestrated several reported cases of kidnapping and armed robbery, adding that they have made useful statements and have volunteered to assist the police in the arresting of his members of their gang presently, on the run.