12th September, 2021
The Imo State Police Command claimed its men neutralised some three IPOB members, it claimed were terrorising Orlu community.
CSP Michael Abattam, the command spokesperson made the announcement in a statement on Saturday.
The police spokesperson said the command raided major IPOB/ ESN Camps in the state, as part of its ongoing clearance operations.
CSP Michael noted that operatives sighted IPOB/ ESN members in an isolated uncompleted building at Amaifeke in Orlu Local Government.
A gun duel ensued as the police approached the hideout and three members of the group were killed.
Those killed were the commander Chidera Nnabuhe, aka Dragon, J.J and Dadawa.
The Imo Police operatives arrested Emeka Sunday ‘M’ age 20 and Anthony Okeke ‘M’ age 44 years , while others escaped into the bush with bullet wounds according to the statement.
Two locally fabricated General Purpose Machine Gun(GPMG), 16 Improvised Explosives Devices (I.E.Ds), one English made pump action gun, two locally made Pistols, 37 rounds of live cartridges, were some of the exhibits recovered from the hideout.
Other exhibits recovered are three bomb detonator remote control, six different makes of GSM handsets, and a black traveling bag containing male clothes suspected to have been robbed or belonging to a kidnap victim.
CSP Michael accused the IPOB gang of being responsible for high-profile kidnappings and armed robberies that have been going within Orlu axis.
He noted that many members of the group were in the wanted list of the police especially neutralized Chidera Nnabuhe a.k.a Dragon.
He said arrested suspects are being interrogated, to lead the police to other members of the gang.