Police arrest alleged IPOB kingpin in Imo

have arrested one of the kingpins of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Uchenna Chukwu, in Imo.

spokesman in the state, CSP Mike Abattam said in a statement issued in Owerri on the IPOB champion, was arrested at Ehime-Mbano Local Government Area of the state.

He added the also an IPOB who joined other members to frustrate the arrest of the kingpin.

He said Chukwu, aged 34 years, played a major role in the killing of officers and burning of stations in Imo and had long been wanted by the police.

He explained following credible information the stormed his shop at Ehime Mbano area to arrest him.

“The suspect raised alarm alerting members of his gang, picked a cutlass and rushed at one of the operatives and attempted chopping off his head was overpowered, disarmed and the cutlass recovered.

“While this was on, the already alerted members who came in their to rescue him engaged the in a gun duel and in the process, one of them was neutralised while others escaped with bullet wounds,’’ he stated.

He added that one locally-made double barrel pistol with two expended cartridges; two live cartridges and charms were recovered at the scene.

Abattam also stated that the suspect was presently undergoing interrogation and had made useful statement to the police.

He said the was working in with agencies to arrest other members of the terror group especially those that escaped with bullet wounds. (NAN)