Police arrest 6 suspected IPOB members, recover arms in Ebonyi




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The Police in arrested six members of the proscribed Indigenous of Biafra (IPOB) and recovered five locally made pistols 12 live ammunition from them.

Police spokesperson in the state, DSP Loveth Odah, said this in a Tuesday.

Odah said the suspects were arrested during operations Monday disperse hoodlums enforcing the sit-at-home order by IPOB.

Odah also said the police neutralised three armed robbers, recovered three expended cartridges, a jack knife, an axe, a cutlass and some charms from them.

She explained that following a distress call that some hoodlums had barricaded Ogbaga road, attacking and setting ablaze, hence operatives were swiftly deployed the scene.

“The hoodlums sighting the police opened fire.

“In the exchange of gun battle that ensued members of the gang were fatally wounded while escaped bullet wounds into the nearby bush,” said the .

Odah said one locally made shot gun, one locally made revolver pistol five live cartridges, one jack knife, one axe and some charms were recovered from them.

“A Toyota Picnic was set ablaze by the gang, including five motorcycles of different brands.

“Innocent citizens were attacked because they refused obey the ‘sit-at-home’ directive of the IPOB.

“The traumatised victims are currently responding to treatment at Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching ,” she said.

Odah explained that of the IPOB suspects on surveillance mission were intercepted in front of the police headquarters in the state.

“One locally made double barrel short gun with four cartridges were recovered from them,” Odah said.

She said one other suspect was killed after the police and sister security agencies engaged his gang in gun duel on the Ikwo/Abakaliki expressway, Ikwo Local Area, while escaped with bullet wounds.

“Frantic effort is ongoing to the fleeing suspects,” Odah said.

(NAN)