Operatives of the Imo State Police Command have arrested a 40-year-old man, Uzoamaka Ugoanyanwu, said to be the witch doctor of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB and its militant arm, Eastern Security Network, ESN.
The operatives also rounded up nine persons two of whom allegedly confessed to participating in the arson unleashed on the country home of Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma on April 24.
The police spokesman in the state, Bala Elkana disclosed this in a statement dated June 9.
Elkana disclosed that the tactical teams of the command on June 8, through diligent and painstaking investigation, stormed Ukworji, Mbaitoli Local Government Area of the state where they arrested 65-year-old Ezeugo Ordu, a native of Omuma, Oru East Local Government Area.
According to the police spokesman, Ordu confessed to being a member of IPOB/ESN and led the police operatives to IPOB/ESN hideout at a bush close to Njaba River where nine members of the separatist movement were arrested.
Elkana said the police operatives however identified two out of the nine namely Chinedu Nwakire (One Door) and Uzoamaka Ugoanyanwu as being among the hoodlums that attacked the governor’s country home at Omuma.
The statement reads:
“In consonance with the mandate given to the operatives of the Command by IGP Alkali Baba Usman, to fish out all criminal elements in the state and restore normalcy to the state as soon as feasible, and in tandem with the determination and directive of the Commissioner of Police, Imo State, CP Abutu Yaro, on the 8/6/21 at about 1630 hrs, tactical teams of the command through diligent and painstaking investigations, stormed Ukwuorji, Mbaitoli Local Government Area, along Onitsha Road, and arrested one Ezeugo Ordu, “M”, 65 yrs old, a native of Ubachima, Omuma, Oru West LGA.
“He confessed to be a member of IPOB/ESN, and made useful statement to the police as regards the recent attacks on police stations as well as the residence of Governor Hope Uzodimma.
“He further led operatives of the command to the IPOB/ESN camp at a bush close to Njaba River, nine persons were arrested at the criminal hideout while planning another attack, assorted charms were recovered from them.
“However, two (2) out of the nine arrested in the hideout, Chinedu Nwaikaire, “M” aka One Door, 48 yrs old Uzoamaka Ugoanyanwu, “M”, (their native doctor) 40 yrs old, were identified to be part of the hoodlums that attacked the private residence of Governor Hope Uzodimma and also some police stations as well. They confessed to the crime, and also stated their roles during the operations.
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 ammunition, to voluntarily surrender themselves to enable them get “soft landing”, or they will be arrested to face the full wrath of the law, as the command will do everything possible to rid Imo state of crime and criminality”.