Parading the suspects on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, the state commissioner of police, Hafiz Inuwa disclosed that the suspects arrested in April, were behind the numerous attacks on policemen in Asaba and environs.
Inuwa also revealed the police discovered three undercover training grounds operated by the group at Ibusa, Okpanam, and Illah communities in the state.
According to Inuwa, the arrest of the suspects followed discreet and diligent investigation on the recent attacks and snatching of service rifles.
“Following recent series of attacks on policemen and snatching of service rifles, we have recorded great success with the arrest of these criminal elements.
“These principal suspects with strong links to the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra were arrested and they have made confessional statements.
“On April 5, at about 8.15pm while acting on a tip-off, police operatives swooped on Ugwunwosu camp of the IPOB members and recovered arms and ammunition snatched from policemen.
“Items recovered include, 10 AK-47 rifles with police service numbers and 10 magazines with 200 rounds of ammunition.
“Also, on April 24 one of the suspects, Christian Ndiogulu, led detectives to IPOB training camp in Ibusa, where another AK-47 rifle with 20 rounds of ammunition was recovered.
“On April 29, two other suspects in the group led police detectives to Idumogi Forest in Okpanam community where they buried stolen police rifles.
“The police recovered two AK-47 rifles, one smoke gun, one smoke canister, four AK-47 magazines, 212 rounds of ammunition, a set of Allen keys and a hand bag.”
Inuwa said that in all, a total of 13 police service rifles allegedly stolen during attacks on police patrol teams in the state were recovered.
KanyiDaily had also reported how police arrested 51 suspected members of IPOB who were operating as members of “Judaism’’, in Umuahia, Abia State.