The Imo State Police Command, yesterday stated that it has arrested 5 suspected members of the proscribed Indigenous Folks of Biafra, IPOB, linked to the killing of a police Sergeant, Joseph Nwaka Division of operation of the command.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Orlando Ikeokwo, who disclosed this to newsmen in Owerri, stated that their arrest got here after a gun battle with the safety operatives at Amanato in Isu native authorities space of Imo.
The police added that the bursting of their camp got here because of the arrest of one in all their members one Onyekachi Mmadufor, a local of Umuduruekwe Isu native authorities space, who assisted the police with the knowledge within the arrest of others.
In accordance with Police as captured by Vanguard: “The Crime prevention and management methods adopted by the IMO State Police Command beneath the management of CP Abutu Yaro FDC, to rid Imo state of actions of the proscribed IPOB/ESN and different legal parts are yielding constructive outcomes.
“The arrest of 1 Onyekachi Mmadufor, a local of Umuduruekwe Isu native authorities space of Imo state on thirteenth Might 2021 by DPO ISU, the place an AK 47 Rifle with breech no 56-258115 with 15 Rounds of dwell ammunition was recovered.
“On interrogation, the suspect confessed to being a member of IPOB /ESN who conspired with different members of their syndicate to hold out assaults and killings of police personnel and different safety operatives. The current atrocity was the homicide of 1 Sgt Joseph Nwaka hooked up to the Division of Operations of the command the place his AK 47 rifle was collected.
“As a follow-up, On 14th Might 2021, the Commissioner of Police deployed Anti – Kidnapping unit and different Tactical groups of the command to Amanato Isu LGA for the arrest of different gang members however had been closely engaged to a gun duel by the hoodlums (IPOB /ESN). The operatives efficiently repelled and dislodged them. On account of the encounter, 5 (5) suspects had been arrested on the scene, whereas others escaped with potential gunshot wounds.”
“In the midst of mopping up the scene, 4 (4) domestically fabricated weapons, Six (6) Dwell Cartridges and a lot of weeds suspected to be Indian hemp had been recovered. A discreet investigation is in progress to impact additional arrest after which they are going to be charged to courtroom for prosecution.
“The Commissioner of Police counseled the operatives for the job effectively finished and enjoined them to maintain the tempo guarantee lasting safety and security are restored in Imo state and past. He additional urged the general public to help the Police and the state authorities of their efforts to make sure peace and tranquillity of the state,” Imo police stated.