Anambra State police officers have detained three armed robbery suspects who have admitted to them that they are members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
This information was provided to Newsmen in Awka, Anambra State, in a press release from the state police command’s spokesperson, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga.
Ikenga claimed that after being flagged down for a search, the robbery suspects engaged police officers in a gun duel at a roadblock.
Ikenga said: “I am delighted to provide you with update on achievements recorded by the Command in our fight against crime and criminality. We have made significant progress in reducing crime rates and ensuring a sustainable peace for the safety and security of citizens in the State.
“On 27/4/2023 by 7:50pm, the forward operating (FOB) in Aguata, while on stop and search duty at Afor Nnobi road intercepted two vehicles, one unmarked brown Lexus jeep and a black Prado Jeep with Reg Nos. GWA 696 CM, Abuja.
“The occupants of the vehicle who refused to stop when police flagged them down, started shooting sporadically to escape police screening. The operatives engaged the armed men in gun battle, rescued one of their victims and arrested three of the gang members suspected to members.
“While other gang members escaped the scene, the suspects now in custody, confessed to be members of outlawed ESN/IPOB group and mentioned the various camps/criminal hideouts were, they operate from.”
The command reported that several incriminating items, including three AK-47s, two cell phones, two bulletproof vests, two walkie-talkies, one police uniform (camouflage), four AK-47 magazines, 120 live rounds, one police belt, one glove, two police boots, one military T-shirt, and one blue police uniform, were discovered on the thugs.
He listed the suspects’ ages as 45-year-old Haicynth Ujwuika, 31-year-old Sunday Samuel Akpan, and 24-year-old Chinonso Offor, also known as Wolf.
Ikenga claimed that measures are being taken to secure the arrest of any gang member who is running away.
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