IPOB and Eastern Security Network members have been arrested by the Imo state police command for allegedly masterminding and carrying out the attacks against the Omuma Police Station and Njaba Police Station respectively last week.
A police officer was killed during the gun fighting when the bandits stormed two police stations in Ideato South LGA of Imo State. A young man, 15 years old, was captured with bullet wounds after the bandits stormed the Police Stations on two separate occasions.
A statement released today August 2 by CSP Michael Abattam, spokesperson of the state police command, says on interrogation by the command's tactical teams, ''the arrested suspect gave a vivid description of a Hotel located in Orlu as were they, the bandits stayed, planned before they executed their dastardly act on the police stations. The suspect further stated that the owner of the Hotel has been accommodating and assisting them financially.''
According to Abattam, the suspect volunteered to aid security forces.
On arrival, the hotel and house were cordoned and searched the following exhibits were recovered from the arrested twenty six suspects including seven females in the hotel they incudes; (1) ONE AK47 RIFFLE WITH TWO MAGAZINE LOADED WITH 55 ROUNDS OF LIVE AMMUNITION. (2) FIVE PUMP ACTION GUNS (3) TWO DOUBLE BARREL CUT TO SIZE GUNS (4) FOUR DOUBLE BARREL LOCALLY MADE PISTOL (5) THREE SINGLE BARREL LOCALLY MADE PISTOLS (6) EIGHT SIX LIVE CARTRIDGES (7) CHARMS (8) TWO BAGS OF WEEDS SUSPECTED TO BE INDIAN HEMP (9) BIAFRAN FLAG AND BERET (10) ESN CAP (11) FOUR PAIRS OF ARMY CAMOUFLAGE UNIFORMS AND A CAMOUFLAGE BAG (12) A SIGN BOARD WITH BIAFRA INSIGNIA . It is on good record that, it was in the same hotel that the head of a young man was severed and placed on the road close to the hotel premises.''Abattam said
A person who had been accused of terrorism, and attacks on security agencies and private individuals which saw a number of police stations burnt to the ground and many officers killed, according to Abattam, was arrested a few months back.
According to him, on interrogation he admitted to being a facilitator and financier of IPOB/ ESN operations in the state to the tune of ten million Naira (#10,000,000) while he was outside the country. Abattam said the suspect helped the police arrest some of their members and decimate their camps.