Police confirm IPOB herbalist’s arrest

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The Imo State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of 67 members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), including their herbalist at Mmahu Egbema.

According to a press statement by the state police image-maker, Orlando Ikeokwu, the members were arrested for unlawful gathering, among other crimes.

He recalled that the arrested IPOB members had converged somewhere in Owerri North area of the state on August 9, before moving in groups to Egbema, where they were said to be arrested at a checkpoint by soldiers.

Ikeokwu said the soldiers called the police for reinforcement and the IPOB members were arrested and taken to the state police command, Owerri.

Ikeokwu alleged that the arrested Igbo group were heading to the residence of one Cyprian Amadi in Abashieke, Egbema in Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area said to be a herbalist to fortify themselves against bullet penetration.

The police public relation officer also claimed that the group was planning an attack on security agencies with the aim of snatching weapons.

He recalled that the suspected herbalist had removed bullets from one of the IPOB members who had gunshot injuries in the past.

Ikeokwu added: “It is also noteworthy that the group attacked and snatched two rifles from police operatives during a violent protest in 2018, of which the rifles were later recovered from a kidnap gang in a robbery operation.”

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