According to the Imo police command, it says it arrested a suspected manufacturer of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) for the Eastern Security Network (ESN), a militia of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), in Uba Umuaka, Njaba LGA of Imo state.
Disclosing this is Mike Abattem, police spokesperson in Imo, in a statement issued on Friday.
“Following credible intelligence received on 20/4/2022 at about 1700hours, revealing the hideout of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB/Eastern Security Network (ESN), its militia wing, where they are manufacturing Improvised Explosive Devices used in attacking Police Stations and Government facilities in the state,” the statement reads.
“The Police Operatives immediately mobilised to the hideout of the terror group located at Uba Umuaka in Njaba local government area of Imo State and raided the camp”.Advertisement
Narrating how he was arrested, the police spokesperson said the suspect — Simeon Onigbowho, 50-years-old — was apprehended when officers raided the hideouts of ESN members.
Stating further, Abattem, said the suspect admitted being the manufacturer of most of the IEDs used in attacking police stations in Imo and neighboring states.
The weapons recovered include one IDE, 58 pieces of cannon steel pipe, two chisels, one hammer, half bag of potassium nitrate, 30 pounds weight of sulphur, 40 pounds weight of dry sand, 10 pounds weight of red sand, 30 pounds weight of gun powder, half bag of charcoal, 30 electronic motorcycle batteries and seven lengths of eight millimetres iron rods, were recovered from the suspect.
“The Command’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit (EOD) has taken over the recovered bomb for technical analysis and subsequently for possible detonation,” Abattem said.
He added that an investigation is ongoing to arrest other members named by the suspect.