The Nigeria Police Force has arrested some IPOB members and other suspects over a series of attacks on security operatives, particularly in the South-Eastern part of Nigeria.
The police force stated that the arrest aims to punish those responsible for the emerging attacks on security personnel. The suspects are Raphael Idang, Cletus Nwachukwu Egole, Michael Uba, among others.
Everyevery.ng gathered that the suspects including a Pastor were arrested in various parts of the country following intelligence-driven operations.
Meanwhile, investigations revealed that Ugochukwu Samuel and Raphael Idang were among the criminal elements that attacked police officers on duty at a checkpoint along Orlu-Ihiala Road in Imo state on 24th December 2020.
During the attack, the suspects allegedly killed two police officers and burnt a Police Hilux patrol van. They both confessed to being active members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB and the Eastern Security Network, ESN.
The Police recovered nine AK47 rifles, five other sophisticated firearms, seventeen (17) AK47 Magazines, 549 AK47 live ammunition, 10 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), bulletproof camouflage vests, walkie talkies and other incriminating items.
In the meantime, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, assured that Law Enforcement Agents had gathered sufficient intelligence on the attackers, adding that no murderer will go unpunished.
However, he urged parents/guardians, traditional opinion leaders, to weigh in and prevail on their children/wards to desist from towing the destructive paths of crime.