The deployment of Police Tactical Teams especially, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Intelligence Response Team (IRT), led by Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Abba Kyari to troubled Imo State is gradually paying off.
Information which filtered into our Crime Desk has it that the team has stormed and dismantled a militia camp belonging to the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and it’s armed wing, the Eastern Security Network (ESN) in Akabo, Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State.
It was learnt that several arrests were made and a Police woman held captive in the camp was rescued during the sting operation.
It will be recalled that the operatives and the military, had over the weekend,foiled another attack on the Imo State Police Headquarters by members of the ESN.
Six of the invaders were gunned down in an exchange of gunfire while one of them was captured alive.
One of attackers, Joseph Uka Nnachi alias Dragon, was said to be the squad Commander of IPOB/ESN.
The Police authorities said he was responsible for over 70 per cent of the killings in the Southeast.
Recall that on April 5, some gunmen attacked the Imo Police Command Beadquarters with explosives, destroying several vehicles and freeing over 600 detainees.
Command Spokesperson, Bala Elkana, a Superintendent of Police (SP), said in a statement that Dragon and his gang were neutralised before they could access the Headquarters.
His words:”They made effort to access the Police Headquarters through Works Layout around Avan Nursery and Primary School but were vehemently repelled.”
“They came in a white Hummer bus. Five of the hoodlums were killed during an exchange of fire and others were injured. The Hummer bus is recovered.”
“Four Ak47 rifles all belonging to Police officers they killed in two Police stations, six bombs, 2,000 rounds of AK47 ammunition, seven AK47 magazines and two operational buses, one loaded with explosive were recovered”.
“The joint teams of the Police and Army gallantly fought and neutralised the IPOB/ESN terrorists after several minutes of fierce gun battle along Works Road, near the Police Headquarters.”
“All the charms the notorious killer Joseph Uka Nnachi aka Dragon, native of Ebonyi State and his group were using which they so much believed in have failed them once more.”
The other gangster member who was captured alive ” made a useful statements” to the authorities.
His capture and confessions,sources told Themeteornewshub, could have led to the Ikeduru operation.
More details to follow.