Police in Anambra says its operatives have arrested three armed robbery suspects, who confessed to being members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, spokesperson of the state police command, disclosed this in a press release in Awka, Anambra State.
Ikenga said the men who were on a robbery operation engaged policemen at a checkpoint in a shooting match, after they were flagged down for a search.
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 said that a number of incriminating items were found on the hoodlums, including: three AK-47, two Cell phones, two Bulletproof vest, two Walking talkie, one Police uniform (camouflage), 4 AK-47 Magazines, one hundred and twenty Live ammunition, one Police belt, one Hand glove, a pair of Police boot, two Police caps, one military T-shirt and one blue police uniform.
He gave the names of the arrested suspects to include: Haicynth Ujwuika aged 45years, Sunday Samuel Akpan aged 31years and Chinonso Offor aka wolf aged 24years.
Ikenga said efforts are in place to ensure arrest of fleeing member of the gang.