THE police in Imo State have arrested 67 members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The suspects were paraded at the Command’s headquarters in Owerri. The Commissioner of Police in the state, Isaac Akinmoyede, alleged that the IPOB members had attacked his men and snatched service rifles from them.
He said the suspects had travelled to Ohaji/Egbema LGA to meet a native doctor to prepare charms for them against bullet penetration.
The Police commissioner said that investigation by the Command revealed that the IPOB members were allegedly planning to attack security agencies in the state and were snatching service rifles to effect their proposed act.
In a released statement, Akinmoyede said, “On the 9th of August, 2020, at about 06:30hrs, 67 members of the IPOB converged somewhere in Orji, Owerri North LGA, and took off to Egbema”.
“At about 09:30hrs, operatives of the 34 Field Artillery Brigade, while on duty at Mmahu Egbema checkpoint, intercepted them and called for reinforcement from the Divisional Police Headquarters, Egbema”.
“The operatives of the Division swiftly mobilised to the scene and assisted in the evacuation of the suspects to the Divisional Police Headquarters for further action”.