Delta State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hafiz Inuwa, has disclosed that the command has uncovered a training of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Ibusa
He said, following series of attacks on policemen at nipping points and snatching of police rifles by suspected members of the outlawed IPOB in Asaba, the command sustained efforts in the investigation of the attacks.
Inuwa added that the efforts “yielded results when some principal suspects with strong links to IPOB were arrested and made confessional statements.”
He listed those arrested to include Ejiofor Odili, Sunday Okah, Ashaka Sunday, Chukwudi Nwoba, Onyeka Ezinna, Chima Victor, Chukwudi Okpara, Maxwell Ishiguzo and Christian Ndiogulu.
According to him, operatives acted on the confession of the arrested key suspects, to recover ten AK47 rifles and ten magazines with 200 rounds of ammunition snatched from policemen at Ugwunwosu camp of the proscribed IPOB.
He said one of the suspects, Christian Ndiogulu led operatives to IPOB training camp at Ibusa, where one AK47 with its magazine and 26 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition snatched from safer highway patrol team along Ogwashi/Kwale road in January this year was recovered from where they were buried in the camp.
Inuwa said two other suspects also led operatives to Idumugo forest in Okpanam where two AK47 rifles, one smoke gun, one smoke canister, four AK47 magazines, 212 7.62mm AK47 ammunition, one MP3, a set of Allen keys and one hand bag were recovered.
In an interview with newsmen, John Chukwuka, who is the IPoB state coordinator, said: “I never snatched rifles from the police, but as the coordinator, I saw the rifles when I visited our camps, but I did not know how the rifles came there.”