8 IPOB members arrested over attack on Imo police station

Men of the Imo State Police Command have arrested eight members of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and its militia arm, Eastern Security Network (ESN), suspected to have carried out the attack on Agwa Divisional Police headquarters.

Four police officers, two of whom are females, were killed and property destroyed in the Friday attack.

The Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Mike Abattam, in a statement on Monday, said the suspects were arrested after police raided their hideout in Agwa in Oguta Local Government Area of the state.

The statement read, “Sequel to the attack on Agwa Police Station on 05/8/2022 by hoodlums suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its militia affiliate, Eastern Security Network (ESN) where four gallant police officers lost their lives, the Commissioner of Police, Imo State Command, CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde, after on the spot assessment of the incident immediately directed the Command’s tactical teams to commence detailed investigation to unravel the perpetrators of the dastardly act.

“The Command’s tactical teams, on the 06/8/2022, at about 0300hrs, after diligent gathering of credible intelligence, raided some identified criminal hideouts located between Agwa and Izombe communities in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State, where the hoodlums, on sighting police operatives engaged them in a gun duel in an attempt to escape arrest. However, were overwhelmed by the superior fire power of the operatives. While some suspects escaped, eight persons were arrested.


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