Police kill five suspected IPOB members who ransacked houses and shops in Imo

the police in IMO status said he has killed five suspected members of the Outcast Biafran Indigenous People who allegedly razed houses and looted shops in Izombe, a community in the Oguta Local Government Area of ​​the state. Police spokesman in the state, Michael Abattam, revealed as much in a statement on Friday. PREMIUM TIMES reported how gunmen swarmed the community on Thursday. Abattam said police officers raided and dragged the suspects out of hiding in the area on Thursday. He said the gunmen initially engaged the officers in a shootout but fled into a nearby bush with gunshot wounds after they were overpowered. He said the gunmen then ambushed the officers along the way and engaged them in another shootout. “During the exchange of fire, the operatives managed to subdue the criminals and in the process five of them were neutralized,” he said. The police spokesman said that three police officers suffered gunshot wounds during the shooting and were taken to hospital for treatment. “The thugs, realizing that they had suffered a major defeat, launched a retaliatory attack on the villages, burning houses belonging to serving and retired police officers and other security agencies,” Abattam said. “Furthermore, houses belonging to people suspected of being informers of the security agencies were also set on fire.” He said the community has been “fortified with enough police officers and other security agents” to prevent a new attack in the area. He said police had launched an operation to track down the fleeing suspects. Three English-made pump-action rifles, 118 GPMG ammunition, 41 live AK47 ammunition, 19 G3 ammunition, two double-barreled rifles and four locally-made pistols, four locally-made explosive devices, four Biafran caps and flags, uniforms military and police uniforms were among the items recovered from the suspects, police said. ALSO READ: Again, gunmen invade Imo community; raze shops, houses Police also recovered a pair of police boots, various types of hard drugs, some police paraphernalia, four live turtles and large amounts of substance suspected to be marijuana. State Police Commissioner Ahmed Barde praised the officers for confronting the suspects, Abattam said. Barde called on communities across the state to form vigilante groups to supplement police efforts. The police commissioner called on hunter associations to collaborate with security agencies by providing them with information about criminal hideouts in the state’s bush. He urged state residents not to allow their areas to be used as a haven for criminals. “Report suspicious activity or anyone observed treating gunshot wounds to the police,” he said. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Police kill five suspected IPOB members who ransacked houses and shops in Imo