The Imo State Police Command, on Sunday, disclosed that it had arrested the killers of the Divisional Police Officer of the Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government Area of the state.
Some gunmen had final Monday killed the DPO, an Inspector of police and a civilian in an assault at Ahiara.
Briefing journalists on the command headquarters, the Commissioner of Police within the state, Danjuma Aboki, stated the arrest of the suspects adopted a coordinated operation by the operatives of the command.
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The CP stated, “Following the homicide of DPO Ahiazu Mbaise and an Inspector of Police on 27/11/2023, at Ahiara Junction in Ahiazu Mbaise by disgruntled components suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra and its armed militia, Eastern Security Network, and the following confessions of suspects arrested on the scene by police operatives in synergy with the army, operatives of the anti-kidnapping unit on 29/11/2023 stormed the camp of the felony syndicate at Umuohie within the Ngor Okpala LGA of Imo State, dislodged the terrorists, recovered two computerized pump-action riffles and 6 rounds of life cartridges.
“The decided operatives continued their operation looking for the fleeing terrorists, storming Igbodo-Etche in Rivers State via a technical intelligence monitoring machine whereby a local physician, named Everest Agbaragam, ‘m’, 62 years, of Umuoma, Igbodo, Etche Rivers State AKA Mount Everest, was arrested.
“On looking out his shrine, one pump-action gun loaded with 12 rounds of dwell cartridges, one huge bag containing numerous denominations of Biafran currencies, one dwell crocodile, and fetish objects had been recovered.
“On interrogation, he confessed to being a member of IPOB/ESN. He acknowledged that he normally prepares native bulletproof charms, in style often called ‘Odeshi’, for his cohorts earlier than they embark on any operation. He offered helpful data to the gallant operatives in storming Umuogwu Forest within the Aboh Mbaise LGA on 1/12/23.
“The terrorists, on sighting the police, engaged them in a gun battle however had been subdued by the combat-ready operatives who professionally manoeuvered into classic place and returned fireplace. In the following gun duel, a few of them had been neutralised whereas others escaped into the thick forest with bullet wounds.
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“The terrorist camp was dislodged and the next displays had been recovered: Five (AK-47 riffles; six magazines containing 220 rounds of dwell ammunition; six pump-action weapons; 121 rounds of dwell cartridges; one Revolver; 4 locally-made pistols; three Toyota Venza vehicles, together with the one they utilized in attacking the DPO, one Toyota Highlander SUV, and IEDs.
“An intense manhunt is ongoing to track down other fleeing suspects. They will be arraigned in court upon completion of a comprehensive investigation.”
The CP stated the state police command below his management had continued to accentuate its effort to supply most safety for the individuals of the state because the state had been comparatively peaceable.