Felicia Nwagbara: 5 Years After, Police Arrest Suspected Killers of Inspector

Felicia Nwagbara: 5 Years After, Police Arrest Suspected Killers of Inspector

  • The Imo state police command has taken a major step in ensuring the killers of Felicia Nwagbara, the inspector of police murdered by suspected members of IPOB are brought to book
  • This is as the Force in the state arrested the suspects connected to the murder and they have confessed to the crime
  • Meanwhile, the police in the state assured the command’s commitments to sustaining the already improved security architecture in the state

On Thursday, May 19, the police in Imo state, said they arrested seven suspected members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its militant wing, ESN, who allegedly killed an inspector of police, Felicia Nwagbara.

Mrs. Nwagbara, the slain police inspector, was declared missing in 2017 in Imo state.

The police spokesperson in the state, Michael Abattam, made this disclosure in a statement, saying the suspects have confessed to the crime, Premium Times report.

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Imo State Police Command, Felicia Nwagbara, IPOB
Police arrested the suspected killers of an inspector, Felicia Nwagbara, five years after. Photo credit: Nigeria Police Force
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Michael Abattam's position

Mr Abattam said the police arrested the suspects on Wednesday during an early morning raid at their hideout at Agwa in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo state, Nigeria’s southeast.

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He said the operatives discovered deadly shrines and a live python used by the suspects to fortify themselves before attacks.

“The hoodlums, on sighting the police operatives, attempted to escape only to discover that the whole escape routes have been saturated with police operatives, hence, they were arrested."

The police spokesperson said apart from killing the inspector, the suspects had been collaborating with criminals and kidnappers in the state, The Punch added.

The suspects' identities revealed

Mr Abattam gave the names of the suspects as Casmire Mgbugha, 53, Hycent Chimezie, 30, Hycent Azunna, 28, Hycent Ifesinachi, 26, Hycent Chimobi, 23, Chukwuemeka Wisdom, 22, and Nnadike Clifford, 72, all of them males.

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A native doctor, who usually prepared charms for the IPOB members’ fortifications against bullets and knives, was among those arrested, he said.

The raid, he said, followed a tip-off that the native doctor, who earlier fled the community, had returned.

According to Mr Abattam, the suspects were also responsible for the killing of another police officer, Ukam Efut, in Oguta, two weeks ago.

How Felicia Nwagbara was killed

Mr Efut, an assistant superintendent of police, was killed and his manhood chopped off at a checkpoint at Okpo-Efi junction, Agwa Ejemekwuru road, where illegal oil refinery activities were reportedly taking place.

Mr Abattam added:

“They (the suspects) further stated that they are the manufacturers of the locally made guns recovered from them. Apart from using them in perpetrating crimes, they sell to robbers and kidnappers."

A Toyota Camry car, eight locally made pistols, 18 rounds of live cartridges, one Biafra flag, and a pair of police camouflage uniforms, said to be that of the late Inspector, were recovered during the operation, according to the police.

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The police spokesperson commended the Imo state residents for their 'support' and assured them that the police were committed to improving security in the state.

Police arrest suspected IPOB bomb manufacturer in southeast

The Imo state police command on Friday, April 22, said it arrested and paraded a 50-year-old-man one Simeon Onigbo, suspected to be a bomb manufacturer for the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, used in attacking police stations and government facilities in the state.

The state police public relations officer, PPRO, Micheal Abattam, disclosed this to newsmen in Owerri.

The command said it was last Wednesday it uncovered and raided the IPOB bomb manufacturing camp at Uba Umuaka in Njaba LGA of Imo state, based on the credible information that was made available to the Police.

IPOB are poorly educated children, not terrorists, says Rochas Okorocha

In another development, Senator Rochas Okorocha declared that members of IPOB are poorly educated children in the southeast.

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Okorocha made the comment in response to the crisis situation in the southeast triggered by agitations.

The senator representing Imo West Senatorial District said the issues bore down to bad leadership in the region, especially in his home state of Imo.

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