The Imo State Police command has revealed that about eight suspected Gunmen have been arrested aftermath of the attack on Agwa Police Station on Friday, 5th of August, 2022.
AbaCityBlog reports that about four police officers were killed during the attack which thrown the community into panic.
In a statement signed by CSP, Michael Abatam, Police Public Relation Officer for commissioner of Police Imo State, said the gunmen arrested are suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its militia affiliate, Eastern Security Network (ESN).
Abatam said the eight suspected gunmen were arrested on Saturday after the officers had mobilized and raided the gunmen hideouts located between Agwa and Izombe communities in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State.
He said the gunmen on sighting the officers engaged them in a gun duel and they were overwhelmed by the superior firepower of the operatives, adding that some suspects escaped during the raid while eight were arrested.
Read the full statement below…
IMO STATE POLICE COMMAND
ARREST OF EIGHT SUSPECTED TERRORISTS/RECOVERY OF ARMS AND AMMUNITION
Sequel to the attack on Agwa Police Station on 05/8/2022 by hoodlums suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its militia affiliate, Eastern Security Network (ESN) where four gallant police officers lost their lives, the Commissioner of Police, Imo State Command, CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde psc(+) after on the spot assessment of the incident immediately, directed the Command’s tactical teams to commence detailed investigation to unravel the perpetrators of the dastardly act.
The Command’s tactical teams, on the 06/8/2022 at about 0300hrs, after diligent gathering of credible intelligence, raided some identified criminal hideouts located between Agwa and Izombe communities in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State, where the hoodlums, on sighting police operatives engaged them in a gun duel, in an attempt to escape arrest; but were overwhelmed by the superior fire power of the operatives.
While some suspects escaped, eight persons were arrested, they include the following: – Obioma Chibuike ‘m’ age 18 years , Achazie Chidiebere ‘m’ age 22 years, Onyedikachi Nwadike ‘m’ aged 19 years, Anayo Onyemere ‘m’ aged 51 years, Ifeanyi Mboyi ‘m’ aged 26 years, Chukwudi Onyeausi ‘m’ aged 29 years, Obodo Promise ‘m’ aged 17 years, Ifeobu Ebubechi ‘m’ aged 22 years.
On the spot enquiry revealed that, all the arrested suspects were natives of Agwa and Izombe communities respectively. Their weapons were recovered when their hideouts were searched, they includes; one pump action gun, two locally made guns, six cutlasses, one Biafran flag, eight live cartridges, eight expended cartridges and one masquerade apparel.
On their way out of the hoodlums’ hideouts, one of the overzealous suspects, Ifeanyi Mboyi attempted escaping from lawful custody of the operatives and was swiftly demobilized by the ever gallant police operatives.
The suspect sustained bullet injury on his left leg and was taken to Federal Medical Center Owerri, Imo State, where he is undergoing treatment and he is in a stable condition.
The Commissioner of Police, Imo State Command, CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde, psc (+) while stressing that policing is the collective responsibility of everyone, appealed to Imolites to join hands with the police and other security agencies in the fight against crimes and criminalities and to report any suspicious activities they observe around their neighbourhoods to the nearest police station or call the command’s emergency numbers: 08034773600 or 08098880197.
CSP MICHAEL ABATTAM
POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FOR: COMMISSIONER OF POLICE
IMO STATE COMMAND.