Police arrest suspects over murder of its officers in Imo

AT least eight suspects have been arrested over the murder in Imo state of four police officers in an attack that occurred on Friday, April 21.

The public relations officer (PRO) of the Imo State Police Command, Henry Okoye, who disclosed this in a statement he issued today, said the suspects, who were arrested in batches, had admitted to being members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Eastern Security Network (ESN).

Okoye said the first arrested suspect, Mathew Chuwkuma, confessed to being the Sector Commander of the IPOB/ESN group in Mbaise and gave information that led to the arrest of three others.

“In the course of investigation, the suspects all confessed to be members of the proscribed IPOB/ESN syndicate terrorising the good people of Imo and had a hand in the recent killing of four police officers and two civilians at Ngor Okpala.

“They volunteered crucial information that assisted the determined operatives on April 27 at about 1240hrs, in raiding their second hideout/shrine in Itu, Ezinitte Mbaise local government area of Imo, which led to the arrest of four other notorious IPOB/ESN suspects famous on the command’s wanted list due to their nefarious activities,” Okoye stated.

According to the PPRO, other members of the syndicate had engaged the police in a gun battle. However, many of them fled the scene with gunshot injuries after being overpowered by security officials.



    He also said several incriminating items were recovered from the suspects’ hideout, including an AK 47 rifle, three pump action guns, two single barrel locally made guns, one locally made pistol and one cut-to-size gun.

    “Frantic investigating efforts are in top gear to arrest other syndicate members at large and make them face the full wrath of the law,” Okoye stated.

    The ICIR had reported that the policemen and a couple were shot dead in the Ngor-Okpala area of Imo state on Friday.

    The officers had been eating at a restaurant in the area owned by the couple before a group of armed men showed up and opened fire on them.

    Ijeoma Opara is a journalist with The ICIR. Reach her via [email protected] or @ije_le on Twitter.

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