The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) on Sunday, paraded 33 suspected members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) arrested by the Anambra command in Nnewi during a protest last week.
Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector-General of Police, also directed an urgent recovery of two AK47 rifles and a Berretta piston allegedly snatched from a slain police officer and others by suspected IPOB members.
The Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Jimoh Moshood made this known in Awka, the Anambra state capital on Sunday when the suspects were paraded.
Moshood said the Police boss has mandated that a thorough search be carried out and the snatched weapons recovered, while the fleeing members of the group should be arrested and prosecuted.
The FPRO said, “On 23rd November 2018, there was intelligence report that members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) an unlawful Terrorist organization were sighted gathering in their hundreds with dangerous weapons near Teaching Hospital, Owerri Road, Nnewi about to cause disturbance of Public Peace and public safety in the Nnewi and Environs.
“Consequently, Police Patrol teams led by the Area Commander, Nnewi, ACP Nnanna Oji Ama mobilized to the scene to prevent them from causing breakdown of law and order and mayhem, and destruction of lives and property.
“The Police Team, while proceeding to the scene came under ambush from the IPOB members, in the process, a Police Inspector was killed, two (2) other Police Officers were seriously injured and one Police Patrol vehicle was set ablaze, and the proscribed IPOB members snatched and carted away two (2) AK47 Rifles and one Beretta Pistol with ammunition.”
The arrested suspects, aged between 17 and 65 years and hailing from states in the Southeast and Delta State, were accused of engaging in terrorism, despite the proscription of the group last year.