Unspecified number of criminals alleged to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have been killed in Ebonyi State by a joint security operative consisting of the Nigerian Army, Department of State Security (DSS) and the Nigeria Police Force.
Reports reaching The Press Nigeria on Sunday revealed that the alleged criminals were neutralized in recent raids by the security operatives who were going about combing some criminal hideouts in the state.
Confirming the development in a statement issued today, the Ebonyi State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Chris Anyanwu, revealed that three IPOB suspects in the command’s custody leaked some information that aided the success of the recent raids.
According to the police spokesman, the operation, spearheaded by the Command’s Tactical teams and assisted by the Military and DSS in the State, was prompted by the reliable evidence gotten from the interrogation of Nnamdi Ngwuta Obaji aka State Commander No. 3 and another operative of the outlawed group, Felix Ogudu who were earlier arrested.
Anyanwu added: “While accessing/cordoning the Camps, the combined teams were ambushed by the criminal elements with rains of sporadic shooting in their direction and without hesitation, the allied team swiftly responded and engaged them in the same manner and of course, their superior firepower subdued the miscreants, who chanted morale-boasting war songs, dived into the Opeke River and swarm to different directions as they scampered for safety.
“However, a good number of them were neutralized while many escaped with bullet injuries. Also, after dislodging the criminal elements and taking over the ground, the camp, which they christened ‘IGBO BU IGBO TRAINING SCHOOL CAMP’, was ransacked and destroyed. Equally, a wooden bridge under construction intended to aid the miscreants in their coming and going was dismantled.”
Items recovered from the gang according to Anyawu were 11 bullet-proof jackets, eight sets of Military camouflage uniforms, two camp-gas cookers, 110 rounds of FNC live ammunition, 40 rounds of GPMG live ammunition, and two PRO electronics scanners (EOD equipment).
Other items include five empty canons, five single-barrel guns, nine assorted GSM handsets, three locally-fabricated revolver pistols, one white Toyota Hilux vehicle, a bunch of keys, three NIN slips bearing different names, one exercise book with coded names/GSM numbers of the suspects, one voter’s card, three hammers, two assault rifle butts, 25 camping mosquito nets and charms, The Press Nigeria understands.
Anyawu further revealed that one Mercedes Benz 190 car with Reg No. SKA 306 AA, one Biafran-map calendar and other things, were also recovered from the raid.
He established that a good number of the criminals were neutralized, noting that the gang was also suspected to have taken part in the attack of the Provost of Federal College of Education, Isu Onicha along the Agba axis a few days ago.