Police arrest 67 IPOB members in Imo

police arrest IPOB members in Imo state
Tochi Juliet

The IMO state police command has arrested 67 members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Isaac Akinmoyede, said the suspects were travelling to Ohaji/Egbema LGA to meet a native doctor to prepare charms for them against bullet penetration.

Akinmoyede said that investigation by the Command disclosed that the IPOB members were allegedly planning to attack security agencies in the state with the aim of snatching service rifles.

The CP said, β€œOn the 9th of August, 2020, at about 06:30hrs, 67 members of the IPOB converged somewhere in Orji, Owerri North LGA, and took off to Egbema.

At about 09:30hrs, operatives of the 34 Field Artillery Brigade, while on duty at Mmahu Egbema checkpoint, intercepted 67 members of the IPOB and called for reinforcement from the Divisional Police Headquarters, Egbema.

The operatives of the Division swiftly mobilised to the scene and assisted in the evacuation of the suspects to the Divisional Police Headquarters for further action.

β€œIt was however revealed that the suspects were on their way to a native doctor to fortify themselves against bullet penetration. It is believed that the group is planning an attack on security agencies to snatch their weapons".

The said suspect (Amadi Cyprian) had removed bullets from one of them (IPOB) who had gunshot injuries in the past.

It is also noteworthy that the group attacked and snatched two rifles from Police during a violent protest in 2018, of which the rifles were later recovered from a kidnap gang in a robbery operation.”

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