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Police kill three, arrests six IPOB members during face-off in Ebonyi

By Barakat Odegbola

The Nigerian Police, Ebonyi Command has disclosed that no fewer than three members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) were killed and six others arrested during a face-off between them in the state.

It was learnt that aside from the arrest, the enforcement agency also recovered five locally made pistols with 12 live ammunition from the IPOB members.

The state police command, in a statement by its Director Army Public Relations, DSP Loveth Odah, on Tuesday, said that the suspects were arrested during operations on Monday to disperse hoodlums enforcing the sit-at-home order by IPOB.

According to her, the police neutralized three suspected armed robbers, recovered three expended cartridges, a jackknife, an axe, a cutlass, and some charms from them.

She explained that following a distress call that some hoodlums had barricaded Ogbaga road, attacking and setting vehicles ablaze, hence operatives were swiftly deployed to the scene.

“The hoodlums on sighting the police opened fire.

“In the exchange of gun battle that ensued two members of the gang were fatally wounded while others escaped with bullet wounds into the nearby bush,” said the statement.

Odah said one locally-made shotgun, one locally-made revolver pistol with five live cartridges, one jack knife, one axe, and some charms were recovered from them.

“A Toyota Picnic was set ablaze by the gang, including five motorcycles of different brands.“Innocent citizens were attacked because they refused to obey the ‘sit-at-home directive of the IPOB.

“The traumatized victims are currently responding to treatment at Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital,” she said.

Odah explained that two of the IPOB suspects on surveillance mission were intercepted in front of the police headquarters in the state.

“One locally made double barrel short gun with four cartridges were recovered from them,” Odah said.

She said one other suspect was killed after the police and sister security agencies engaged his gang in a gun duel on the Ikwo/Abakaliki expressway, Ikwo Local Government Area, while others escaped with bullet wounds.

“Frantic effort is ongoing to arrest the fleeing suspects,” Odah said.

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