Police kill IPOB member in gun duel, arrest kingpin in Imo

The Imo State Police Command said it killed a member of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) for obstructing the arrest of a suspected kingpin, Uchenna Chukwu.

In a statement issued by the state police spokesperson, Mike Abattam, on Friday, the police said Chukwu was arrested at Ehime-Mbano Local Government Area of the state.

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According to the statement, the police said 34-year-old Chukwu played a major role in killing police officers and burning stations in Imo State.

The police disclosed that Chukwu had been on their wanted list until he was traced and arrested in his shop at Ehime Mbano.

Abattam said one locally-made double-barrelled pistol with two expended cartridges, two live cartridges, and charms were recovered from the suspect.

The police said the suspect was presently undergoing interrogation and had made a useful statement to the police.

Abattam said the police was working in synergy with other security agencies to arrest other IPOB members, especially those that escaped with bullet wounds.

The statement read, “The suspect raised the alarm alerting members of his gang, picked a cutlass and rushed at one of the police operatives and attempted chopping off his head, but he was overpowered, disarmed and the cutlass recovered.

“While this was on, the already alerted members who came in their numbers to rescue him engaged the police in a gun duel, and in the process, one of them was neutralised while others escaped with bullet wounds”.

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