Following a gun battle at an unfinished building in a valley in Amaifeke, Orlu in Imo State, three suspected members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) were killed, while two others were captured by police. The state Commissioner of Police, CP Rabiu Hussaini, revealed this in a statement signed by the state police spokesperson, Michael Abattam, on Sunday. When the members of the organization saw police agents in their hideout, they opened fire, according to the police commissioner.
Members of the banned IPOB and its security section, the Eastern Security Network (ESN), he claimed, were plotting to ” continue terror assaults on police formations and government institutions in the state. ” ” After diligent gathering of technical intelligence that members of the proscribed IPOB/ESN were sighted planning to resume terror attacks on police formations and government installations in the state at about 1230 hours, the command’ s tactical teams immediately mobilised and stormed the hideout out of the group, ” the state police command said in a statement.
” The valiant and battle- ready tactical squads retaliated quickly. Three of the hoodlums were killed in the gunfight: Chidera Nnabuhe, the Orlu Sector Commander of IPOB/ ESN, or ‘ DRAGON, ‘ a native of Umuala Amaifeke in Orlu LGA, and two others, aka J. J and Dadawa, both locals of Ohazara in Ebonyi state. ” Emeka Sunday, 20, of Anike in Ebonyi State’ s Ohazara LGA, and Anthony Okeke, 44, of Imo’ s Umuala Amaifeke Orlu LGA, were apprehended, while others fled into the forest with bullet wounds.
” A native goat that had just been slaughtered with the blood drained into a container and rubbed on their bodies to fortify themselves against police bullets was discovered alongside the following items: two locally fabricated General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMG), sixteen Improvised Explosives Devices (IEDs), one English- made pump action gun, two locally fabricated General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMG) and two locally fabricated General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMG)
A large container of gun powder, charms, two Biafran flags, three bomb detonator remote controls, six mobile phones, and a black travel bag containing male clothes suspected to have been stolen or belonging to a kidnapped victim with ” GSM NUMBER 08034958267″ pasted on it are among the items said to have been recovered. Most of the group’ s members had been on the police’ s wanted list for months, according to the command, ” particularly Chidera Nnabuhe, aka ‘ DRAGON, ‘ ” who is alleged to be the commander of IPOB/ ESN’ s Orlu Sector.
” It is on good record that this is the terror gang that has been terrorizing the good people of Orlu, ” the statement said. And investigations proved that they were behind all of the violent crimes committed within the Orlu axis, including high- profile kidnappings and armed robberies. ” The investigation is ongoing, and the suspects apprehended are currently being interrogated.
They have provided useful information that will assist the police in apprehending other members of their gang, including those who escaped with bullet wounds. ” The operatives’ gallantry was praised by the Commissioner of Police. He also thanked the residents and citizens of the state for their assistance, and urged them to continue to provide credible information to the police.