In Imo state, police shot and killed a commander from the IPOB security outfit, Eastern Security Network, and two others in the Orlu local government area.
CSP Michael Abattam, the state police command’s spokesperson, has said that members of the proscribed IPOB/ ESN were located in an isolated unfinished building situated in a valley in Orlu LGA of Imo State planning terror attacks against police formations and government installations.
Abattam stated that, on September 11, the command’s tactical teams stormed the hideout of the group located in an unfinished building in a valley at Essential Home popularly called “NGBUKA” in Amaifeke Orlu LGA of Imo State.
''The members of the terror group on sighting the police operatives in their hideout opened fire on them . The gallant and battle-ready tactical teams swiftly returned the fire. In the gun duel, three of the hoodlums namely Chidera Nnabuhe, the Orlu Sector Commander of IPOB/ ESN a.k.a "DRAGON", a native of Umuala Amaifeke in Orlu LGA and two others with a.k.a, J.J and Dadawa both natives of Ohazara in Ebonyi state were neutralised. Emeka Sunday 'M' age 20 years of Anike in Ohazara LGA of Ebonyi State and Anthony Okeke 'M' age 44 years of Umuala Amaifeke Orlu LGA of Imo were arrested while others escaped into the bush with bullet wounds. On searching the camp and it's surroundings, a native goat that have just been slaughtered with the blood drained into a container and rub on their bodies to fortify themselves against police bullet was recovered alongside the following items, two locally fabricated General Purpose Machine Gun(GPMG) , Sixteen Improvised Explosives Devices (I.E.Ds), one English made pump action gun, two locally made Pistols, thirty - seven rounds of live cartridges, three Automatic Machine Guns kick starter , one Bomb detonator, three Automatic Guns connecting batteries, a big containing Gun Powder, Charms , two Biafran Flags, three bomb detonator remote control, six different makes of GSM handsets, a black travelling bag containing male clothes suspected to have been robbed or belonging to a kidnapped victim with GSM NUMBER 08034958267 pasted on it.'' a statement from the spokesperson read
According to the spokesperson, the group has terrorized the people of Orlu. According to him, investigations have revealed that all violent crimes committed within Orlu axis, including popular kidnappings and armed robberies, are being planned by them. The police have been seeking several members of the group, including Chidera Nnabuhe, the commander of the Orlu Sector of IPOB/ESN, since months, according to Abattam.
Currently, an investigation is ongoing and the suspects arrested are being questioned and have provided useful statements that will aid the police in arresting other members of their gang, including the ones who escaped with bullet wounds.