The Nigeria Police Force Abia State command has said that men of the Nigerian Army recovered Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and petrol bombs from the house of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), in the state.
Anthony Ogbizi, the State Police commissioner said the recovered items are now in the custody of the police.
Commissioner Ogbizi while briefing Taiwo Lakanu the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) Operations, Force Headquarters, who is a visit to Umuahia said the Station Officer of the Ariaria Police Divisional Headquarters in Aba who was attacked last week by suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) died over the weekend.
The Ariaria Station Officer had sustained serious injuries when the station was attacked by the arsonists and was subsequently taken to the hospital for treatment.The commissioner said the Assistant Superintendent of Police died at an undisclosed hospital where he had been receiving treatment.He disclosed that the 37 suspects were arrested in connection with last week’s unrest in the state.
The arrested suspects will be arraigned in court on Monday. Thirty of the suspects were arrested by soldiers in Isiala Ngwa area of the state, while the other seven are accused of having a connection with the looting and burning of the Ariaria Police Divisional Headquarters on Friday.
The Police Commissioner told the visiting AIG Operations, Force Headquarters Taiwo Lakanu that efforts were ongoing to arrest more suspects in connection with the mayhem.Adding that soldiers had recovered IEDs and Petrol bombs from Nnamdi Kanu’s residence.
Recalling how the arsonists forcefully gained entrance into the police station and destroyed almost everything, he said they were armed with petrol bombs, burning police vehicles and took away three pump action guns and other materials belonging to the police.Some officers were wounded in the attack.
The seven suspects that were arrested will be charged with arson, murder, and conspiracy for breach of the law.
These suspects are also alleged to have simultaneously carried out other attacks on law-abiding citizens of this nation as destroyed vehicles belonging to citizens could be seen along the road.They are also accused of attacking a bank, and also attacked the residence of the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 9 as well as the residence of the Commissioner of Police.
Speaking further, he said a group that goes about carrying out these type of activities cannot say it is a non-violent group.The group also allegedly attacked the military along the road at Isiala Ngwa but the military overpowered them and 30 suspects were taken into custody.
The thirty-seven arrested suspect will be prosecuted for holding an unlawful assembly and for rioting amongst other charges.
Ogbizi denied the allegation by IPOB that security officers took away Nnamdi Kanu’s father and some members of his family, insisting the Police does not have Kanu’s father in police custody.