The Nigeria Police Force’s Ebonyi State Command announced the arrest of some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who were responsible for the killing of its personnel last year.
In a statement released to the media on Tuesday in Abakaliki, the state capital, the command’s spokesperson, Chris Anyanwu, said the suspects were apprehended in a yellow minibus on Ishieke road while on their way to a deadly mission.
The police mouthpiece recalled that in May 2021, armed men attacked the Divisional Police headquarters in Ugbodo, in the state’s Ebonyi local government area, killing an Inspector and a Sergeant on duty.
According to Anyanwu, the command has since deployed tactical teams to monitor the movement of the hoodlums.
According to him, the personnel recently acted on credible information and apprehended the suspects, who were driving in an unregistered minibus.
He claimed that when the hoodlums saw the police team, they opened fire, but men from the command demobilised their vehicle and arrested some of them, while others escaped.
Chimezie Emeh, Anthony Joseph Osilame, Peter Egbunike, and Ifeanyi Emetu are among the arrested alleged IPOB members, according to Anyanwu. Longinus Idenyi, Ogbonnaya Neankwo, H Mezie, and Eze Nnabuike are among the others.
He also stated that the command recovered a Toyota Corolla LE, a Toyota Camry 2002 model, a Toyota Camry (Tiny Light), and a Toyota Sienna 2000 model.
According to him, the police officers’ killers were among 20 suspects allegedly working for the Eastern Security Network (ESN), IPOB’s armed wing.
However, the African Action Congress presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore, has revealed that all the embattled leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, wants is justice.
After attending Kanu’s appeal court trial in Abuja, the activist and politician stated that Nigeria as a country is not progressing or peaceful under President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime as a result of the torture meted out to the IPOB leader.
The Appeal Court had previously reserved its decision on Kanu after his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, who led a delegation of legal practitioners representing the IPOB leader, urged the court to dismiss the remaining charges due to lack of credibility.
The court adjourned the matter indefinitely.
“Today, I attended the continued trial of the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, at the Court of Appeal in Abuja. I met his lawyers, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), Aloy Ejimakor and Ifeanyi Ejiofor, and many others as they concluded arguments asking the appellate judges to quash the remaining charges against Kanu.
“The unjust incarceration, torture, and extraordinary rendition involved in his trial is clearly a reason Nigeria under the Buhari regime may never achieve peace, progress, and prosperity.
“I’ve met Mazi Kanu in person and I understand him well enough to state that what he wants is justice,” Sowore said after the court proceedings.
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