Operatives of the Imo State Police Command, at the weekend, killed the suspected commander of Orlu Zone of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), identified as Chidera Nnabuihe, and two others.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Michael Abattam, who confirmed this yesterday, said their killing followed information received at the command, after which the operatives mobilized and attacked their base.
He said the suspects engaged the police in a gun duel before they were neutralized and recovered improvised devices, arms, and charms, among others.
“Sequel to the ongoing clearance operation embarked by the Imo State Police Command on raiding major IPOB/ESN camps in the state and its environs aimed at wiping out the remnants of the proscribed IPOB/ESN members and restoring peace.
“We received technical intelligence that members of the proscribed IPOB/ESN were sighted in an isolated uncompleted building at Amaifeke in Orlu Council of the state, planning to resume terror attacks on police formations and government installations,” he said.
Abattam said the arrested were being interrogated and had made useful statements that would help the police arrest other members of the group and including those that escaped with bullet wounds.
He said the IMO the Commissioner of Police (CP), Rabiu Hussaini, commended the officers for the operation.