- The police have recorded another feat in their bid to restore peace to the recently troubled southeast geopolitical zone
- Five of the suspected IPOB/ESN members responsible for killing security operatives have been nabbed by the police
- One of them has reportedly confessed while investigations are ongoing to arrest others and get them prosecuted
The police command in Imo state says it has arrested five members of IPOB/ESN who allegedly masterminded the murder of Sgt. Joseph Nwaka and other security operatives in the southeast state.
The command added that the feat was achieved by the crime prevention and control strategies adopted under the leadership of CP Abutu Yaro, Nigerian Tribune reported.
Legit.ng gathers that the commissioner of police, Yaro, disclosed this through a statement issued in Owerri by the command's spokesperson, Orlando Ikeokwu.
Some of the suspects were reportedly arrested in Isu LGA of the state on Thursday, May 13, while the others were apprehended on Friday, May 14.
The police spokesperson said an AK 47 rifle with breech no 56-258115, 15 rounds of live ammunition, four locally fabricated weapons, six live cartridges, and a large quantity of weed suspected to be Indian hemp were recovered from the suspects.
According to him, Onyekachi Mmadufor, one of the suspects, confessed to being a member of the IPOB who, along with his cohorts, carried out attacks and killings of police and other security personnel.
He said a discreet investigation is in progress with a view to effecting further arrests, after which the suspects will be charged to court for prosecution, The Cable also reported.
Ikeokwu also urged the public to support the police and the state government in their efforts to ensure peace in the state.
Security agents, as well as government facilities, have been targets of attacks in the southeast and south-south region of the country.
In a related development, the second-in-command to the late Ikonso, the neutralised commander of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Eastern Security Network (ESN), has been arrested.
The director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, disclosed this in a statement.
Awurum Eze was nabbed on Wednesday, May 12, in Aba, Abia state. The 48-year-old man's arrest came about a week after security operatives stormed his village house in Isiala Mbano where he was hiding but he escaped and a manhunt was thereafter launched to trace him.