A suspected member of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, including the Eastern Security Network has been apprehended by the Imo State Police Command.
This was confirmed in a statement made available to newsmen by Micheal Abattam on Friday.
He also revealed how another was killed in the course of the operation.
He further revealed that the suspected member of IPOB/ESN, one Uchenna Chukwu, 34, of Umunakanu in Ehime Mbano Local Government area of the state.
The suspect has been on the list designed for wanted people, having pitched the tent with those who were disturbing and participating in attacks against facilities belonging to the police.
He said: “Following credible information that a member of IPOB/ ESN terror gang who has been in the command’s wanted list but on the run after participating in several killings of police officers and burning of police stations was seen at Umuchoke in Ehime Mbano LGA of Imo State, the command’s tactical teams, after diligent intelligence gathering, on October 6 2021 at about 1630 hours, mobilised and stormed the shop of the hoodlum, who was later identified as Uchenna Chukwu of Umunakanu in Ehime Mbano LGA of Imo State.”
Abattam revealed how Chukwu shouted on Saturday on sighting the police. He did this by picking a Cutlass, rushed at one of the police officers in a bid to chop off his head but was outsmarted, overpowered, disarmed.
He added: “While this was on, the already alerted members came in their numbers and engaged the police operatives in a gun duel but were overwhelmed by the superior firepower of the police and in the process, one of them was neutralised while others escaped with bullet wounds into hiding.
“Recovered from the deceased were one locally made double barrel pistol with two expended cartridges, two live cartridges and the charms he tied round his waist to fortify himself against police bullets.”
The police said he was undergoing investigation and had revealed secrets of their hideout, including the houses of other members of the dreaded gang.
Abattam said the police is partnering with other security agencies to track other members of the group, most especially the escaped ones with bullet wounds.
Rabiu Hussaini, the Police Commissioner in the state credited their gallantry and reactiveness. He expressed profound gratitude to the people for their familiar disposition.
Hussaini advised them to continue to assist the police with credible information and report to the nearest police station any person seen with bullet wounds.