The Abia state police command has announced the arrest of nine suspected members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Biafra Independent Movement (BIM).
The Abia commissioner of police, Chris Ezike disclosed this during at a press conference on Wednesday, November 28 in Umuahia, the state capital.
According to Ezike, the suspects are Ikedi Orji (38), Samuel Elem (38), Festus Oko (32), Michael Okoroafor (45) and Okoro Chukwu (33).
Others are John Ogbu (44), Cyril Elobuike (45), Dominic Onovo (56) and Alika Chukwuemeka (52).
Ezike said the items recovered from the suspects included two motorcycles, Biafran identify cards, one Biafran magazine, one Biafran National Anthem booklet and a Biafran flag.
The police commissioner said that his men also recovered three blue uniform shirts of the outfit, badges and service numbers from the suspects.
He narrated how soldiers on duty at Abia State University Uturu military check point intercepted the first five suspects all from Ebonyi en route Owerri, Imo, on Sunday, November 25. He said the last four suspects from Enugu en route Owerri were intercepted near Lokponta in Umunneochi on Monday, November 26, by the patrol team to Mbala Division.
While parading them, he added that they admitted to being members of MASSOB and BIM, but denied belonging to IPOB.
“Intelligence information is indicative that suspects may be part of the IPOB group that unleashed mayhem in some states recently,” he said.
Some of the suspects who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said they were only travelling to Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Library, for the birthday/memorial lecture of the late Biafran warlord.
The police command in Anambra recently arrested 34 suspected members of IPOB in connection with the killing of a police inspector in Nnewi, aa commercial town in the state.
SP Haruna Mohammed, spokesman of the command, made the disclosure in a statement on Saturday, November 23.
Haruna said that some personnel and a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) were also wounded while a police patrol van was set ablaze.