Chidi Samuel| The Imo state police command on Wednesday said it arrested a native doctor who prepares charms for members of the outlawed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and the military wing Eastern Security Network (ESN)
Nine persons were also arrested in connection with the attack on the country home of Imo Governor, Hope Uzodimma.
According to a statement by the command spokesman, Bala Elkanah, on June 8 at about 4.30pm, the tactical teams of the command, through diligent and painstaking investigations, stormed Ukwuorji, Mbaitoli Local Government Area along Onitsha road and arrested one Ezeugo Ordu, 65, a native of Ubachima, Omuma, Oru West LGA.
Elkanah said Ordu confessed to being a member of IPOB/ESN, and making useful statements on the recent attacks on police stations as well as the residence of Governor Hope Uzodinma.
“He further led operatives of the Command to the IPOB/ESN camp a Bush close to Njaba River, nine persons were arrested at the criminal hideout while planning another attack, assorted charms were recovered from them, the statement read.
“However, two out of the nine arrested in the hideout, including the native doctor were identified to be part of the hoodlums that attacked the private residence of Gov. Hope Uzodinma and also some Police stations as well.
“Furthermore, the CP used the opportunity to reiterate the call on members of the IPOB/ESN, or any other criminal syndicate operating in the state especially those who stole Police arms and ammunitions to voluntarily surrender themselves to enable them get “soft landing”, or they will be arrested face the full wrath of the law, as the Command will do everything possible to rid Imo state of crime and criminality.”