On April 20th, men from the Imo state police command stormed a hideaway of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB/Eastern Security Network (ESN), its paramilitary branch, where they construct IEDs used in attacks on police stations and other institutions in the state.
According to CSP Michael Abattam, the state police command’s spokesperson, the police operatives got an intelligence report and promptly mobilised to the terror group’s hideaway in Uba Umuaka, Njaba LGA, Imo State, where they stormed the camp.
“In the course of the raid, one Simeon Onigbo ‘m’ age 50 years was arrested. On the spot interrogation, the suspect admitted being the manufacturer of most of the Improvised Explosive Devices ( I.E.Ds) used in attacking police stations in the State and outside the State.
On searching the criminal hideouts items recovered includes the following: One already prepared Improvised Explosive Devices, Fifty eight pieces of Cannon Steel Pipe, Two Chisels, One Monday Hammer one and a half bag of Potassium Nitrate, thirty Pounds Weight of Sulphur, Fourty Pounds Weight of dry Sand, Ten Pounds Weight of Red Sand, Thirty Pounds Weight of Gun Powder, Half Bag of Charcoal, Thirty Electronic Motorcycle Batteries and Seven Lengths of 8 millimeters Iron Rods. Meanwhile, the Command’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit (EOD) has taken over the recovered bomb for technical analysis and subsequently for possible detonation.”he said
Abattam stated that the inquiry is still underway and that the suspect has provided important information regarding other members of his gangs who patronise him outside of the state. The Command’s operatives are not giving up, and all attempts are being made to apprehend the specified individuals.