Imo State Police Apprehend 18 Suspected IPOB Members in Connection with Killing of Officers
In a significant development, the Imo State Police Command has taken custody of 18 individuals suspected to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). These arrests are linked to the recent tragic incident at Ahiara Junction in Ahiazu-Mbaise Local Government Area, where two police officers lost their lives.
The officers were reportedly attacked by the suspects, who were clad in military camouflage while the officers stopped to refuel their vehicles on Monday. The assailants, travelling in three vehicles, ambushed the officers, firing shots indiscriminately.
Confirming the incident, Henry Okoye, the spokesperson for the police command, identified the fallen officers as the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Ahiazu-Mbaise and an inspector.
Okoye stated, “The police operatives fought gallantly, but unfortunately, the DPO and an inspector of police paid the supreme price in the gun duel that ensued, while two police officers survived the attack.”
He further explained that the police, under the leadership of CP Aboki Danjuma, responded promptly, initiating a pursuit that compelled the assailants to flee, leaving behind operational motorcycles. The military, led by the Brigade Commander, 34 Artillery Brigade Obinze, reinforced the police in the pursuit.
“The operatives were swiftly reinforced by the military led by the Brigade Commander, 34 Artillery Brigade Obinze. Intense combing of the area is ongoing,” Okoye added.
A total of 18 suspects have been apprehended and are currently under investigation in connection with the attack. The police assured the public that efforts are underway to bring the perpetrators to justice.
This incident underscores the challenges faced by security forces in maintaining law and order, and the arrests signify a crucial step toward ensuring accountability for those involved in the attack on law enforcement officers.