Tension as IPOB chief escapes ambush in Imo •Security operatives set family house on fire




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There was pandemonium Umuneke-Nta Isiala Mbano Local Council of Imo State, following heavy sporadic gunshots the community by suspected joint operatives.
 
It was gathered the operatives invaded the community, yesterday, search of a notorious leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Thaddeus Ekechukwu, popularly known as ‘Moputu’.
 
It was also gathered the target, husband a and father of five grown-up children, who is his late 50s, was seen around the community even till the night before the incident.
 
An indigene of the community, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: “The personnel were fully armed. They drove in seven security , including an armoured vehicle. They wore jackets police boldly written on their back. Also, their were inscribed ‘FBI-R’”
 
The source further said the security team arrived in the community around 1:00 a.m. and laid ambush around Moputu’s in attempt apprehend him.
 
“But after the long waiting and searching, they couldn’t see him. Some said he disappeared immediately he sensed danger.
 
“Possibly in anger around 8:00 a.m., the policemen the family on fire in the presence of his brothers and other family members.
 
“The fire also destroyed many , including a big generator, fridge, brand new motorcycle, among many others.
 
“Unfortunately, most of these , including the , do no belong Moputu. They belong his elder brother, who only accommodates him and his family in it.”
 
“After that, they continually shot in the air and left the community Amaraku axis. There is no casualty because I think they are only after Moputu.
 
“The incident has put the people in serious fear because they don’t know if the security operatives return and what may be their next line of action.”
 
When contacted, the state spokesperson, Orlando Ikeokwu, said he was yet to know about the incident. He promised to get back but as at the time of filing in this report, he was yet to react. (The Guardian)