The operatives of the Imo State police command have arrested six members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), over the death of a police officer.
The suspects were alleged to have killed one Sergeant Joseph Nwaka and took away his rifle.
According to a statement by SP Orlando Ikeokwu, the command’s spokesperson, one AK-47 rifle, four locally made guns and large quantities of marijuana were recovered from members of the proscribed group.
He gave the name of their leader as Onyeyekachi Maduforo, a native of Umudururkwe in Isu Local Government Council of the state.
“As a follow-up, On 14th May, 2021, the Commissioner of Police deployed Anti – Kidnapping unit and other Tactical teams of the command to Amanato Isu LGA for the arrest of other gang members but were heavily engaged to a gun duel by the hoodlums (IPOB /ESN),” Ikeokwu said.
“The operatives successfully repelled and dislodged them.
“As a result of the encounter, five suspects were arrested at the scene, while others escaped with possible gun shot wounds.
“In the course of mopping up the scene, four locally fabricated weapons, six live cartridges and a large quantity of weeds suspected to be Indian hemp were recovered.”
He said investigation has commenced to allow the police make further arrests, after which they will be charged to court.