Not fewer than sixty – seven members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) have been arrested by the operatives of the 34 Field Artillery brigade on their way to Ohaji/ Egbema.
The Police alleged that the IPOB members were on their way to the shrine of a native doctor ,one Cyprian Amadi from Abashieke Egbema community to fortify themselves against bullets as they are planning to attack security agents in the state.
The police also alleged that the native Doctor had earlier extracted a bullet from one of the members of the Pro – Biafra.
The State Commissioner of Police,Isaac Akinmoyede , who disclosed this on Wednesday at press briefing said, ” On the 9th of August, 2020 at about 0630hrs, Sixty-Seven (67) members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) converged somewhere in Orji, Owerri North Local Government Area and took off to Egbema.
At about 0930hrs, operatives of the 34 Field Artillery Brigade while on duty at Mmahu Egbema Check Point, intercepted Sixty-Seven (67) members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and called for reinforcement from the Divisional Police Headquarters, Egbema.
He added, ” it was revealed that the suspects were on their way to a native doctor one Mr. Cyprian Amadi of Abashieke Egbema in Ohaji/Egbema LGA, to fortify themselves against bullet penetration. It is believed that the group is planning an attack on security agencies with the aim of snatching weapons.
The said suspect (Amadi Cyprian) had removed bullets from one of them (IPOB) whom had gunshot injuries in the past. It is also noteworthy that the group attacked and snatched two rifles from Police during a violent protest in 2018, of which the rifles were later recovered from a kidnap gang in a robbery operation.”
Imo state Police Boss said that the IPOB has been proscribed by the Federal Government and that as such any gathering by the group is unlawful. He said that suspects will be charged to court after investigations .