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5 suspected IPOB members arrested over killing of policeman

 Suspected members of the proscribed Indigenious People of Biafra (IPOB) arrested by the Police in Imo (Photo by NAN)
 Suspected members of the proscribed Indigenious People of Biafra (IPOB) arrested by the Police in Imo (Photo by NAN)

Police in Imo have arrested five people suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenious People of Biafra (IPOB) over the alleged killing of Joseph Nwaka, a police sergeant.

This is contained in a release signed by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Orlando Ikeokwu, and made available to newsmen in Owerri on Saturday.

Ikeokwu said that the suspects were arrested in Isu Local Government Area (LGA) of the state, some on Thursday, May 13, and the others on Friday May 14, by the  Anti-Kidnapping unit and  other tactical teams of the command.

He also said that an AK 47 rifle with breech no 56-258115 and 15 Rounds of live ammunition were recovered from the suspects.

Other items recovered were four locally fabricated weapons, six live cartridges and a large quantity of weeds suspected to be Indian hemp.

He added that the killers of Nwaka who, until his recent death, was attached to the Command’s Department of Operations, made away with his AK 47 rifle.

According to him, one of the suspects, Onyekachi Mmadufor, of Umudurukwe, Isu LGA confessed to being a  member of the IPOB who, along with his cohorts carried out attacks and killings of  police and other security personnel.

“The crime prevention and control strategies adopted by the Imo Police Command under the leadership of Commissioner of Police (CP) Abutu Yaro, to rid the state of activities of  the proscribed IPOB and other criminal elements are yielding positive results.

“On May 14, the CP deployed Anti-Kidnapping unit and  other tactical teams of the command to Amanato Isu LGA for the  arrest of  members of the IPOB but the hoodlums engaged them in a heavy gun duel.

“The operatives successfully repelled and dislodged them leading to the immediate arrest of five suspects while others escaped with possible gunshot wounds.

“Discreet investigation is in progress with a view to effecting further arrests, after which they will be charged to court for prosecution,” he said.

He further said that the CP commended the operatives for “a job well done” and enjoined them to sustain the tempo so as to ensure lasting security and safety of Imo residents and Nigerians at large.

He, however, urged the general public to support the Police and the state government in their efforts to ensure peace and tranquility of the state. (NAN)

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