By Emmanuel Adeleke
The Imo State Police Command,on Friday, said it has arrested 50-year-old Simeon Onigbo, suspected to be a bomb manufacturer for the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The command’s spokesperson, Micheal Abattam, disclosed this to newsmen in Owerri, the Imo State capital, while paralyzed the suspect.
He said men of the command uncovered and raided the IPOB bomb manufacturing camp at Uba Umuaka, Njaba Local Government Area of the state last Wednesday, following a credible information made available to the police.
Abattam added that the suspect had named members of the bomb manufacturing group within and outside the state.
“Sequel to the modified and invigorated strategies emplaced by the command’s management team under the watch of the Commissioner of Police, Imo Command, CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde, PSC, on assumption of office, with a view to checkmate violent crimes and criminality in the state.
“In-line with the Commissioner of Police strategy in stemming crime, the Command’s Tactical Teams following credible intelligence received on 20/4/2022 at about 5pm, disclosed the hideout of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)/Eastern Security Network (ESN), its militia wing, where they are manufacturing Improvised Explosive Devices used in attacking police stations and government facilities in the state.
“The police operatives immediately mobilised to the hideout of the terror group located at Uba Umuaka in Njaba LGA of Imo State and raided the camp.
“In the process of the raid, one Simeon Onigbo, ‘male’, aged 50 was appehended.
“On the spot interrogation, the suspect admitted being the manufacturer of most of the Improvised Explosive Devices ( I.E.Ds) used in attacking police stations in the state and outside the state,” he said.
According to Abattam, items recovered from the criminal’s hideout include one already prepared Improvised Explosive Devices; 58 pieces of Cannon steel pipe; two chisels; one Monday hammer; one and a half bag of Potassium Nitrate; 30 pounds weight of Sulphur; 40 pounds weight of dry sand; 10 pounds weight of red sand; 30 pounds weight of gun powder; half bag of charcoal; 30 electronic motorcycle batteries and seven lengths of 40 meters iron rods.
“Meanwhile, the Command’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit (EOD) has taken over the recovered bomb for technical analysis and subsequently for possible detonation millimetres, the investigation is ongoing, the suspect has made useful statements and mentioned members of his gangs outside the state who patronise him. Operatives of the command are not relenting and all efforts are in top gear to arrest the other suspects,” he added.