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The Commissioner for Police in Abia State, Mr Anthony Ogbizi, has said that lethal weapons, including petrol bombs and one double-barrel gun, were recovered during last Sunday’s raid of the residence of the leader of the indigenous people of biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
Ogbizi, who stated this yesterday during an interaction with journalists in Umuahia, noted that the items were recovered during a joint operation by security personnel in the state.
He said that the petrol bombs were found in buckets and incriminating documents and letters concerning IPOB’s activities and plans were also recovered during the raid.
According to him, the raid was carried out based on an intelligence report, regarding the continued activities of some members of the group.
Ogbizi said, “We recovered many of Biafra’s insignia, staff of office and some of those items are being analysed”.
The Police boss said that the operation also led to the arrest of one suspected member of IPOB.
He said that the team also discovered the telephone numbers of the group’s zonal coordinators, adding that all the communications between the leadership of the group and their collaborators would be thoroughly analysed.
Ogbizi said that a Biafran flag was also found hanging on a telecommunications mast in the area.
According to him, the Police will ask the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) to sanction any telecommunications company that allows its mast to be used to hoist Biafran flags.
He said that the activities of IPOB in the Southeast were “stirring insurrection” and that security agencies will not fold their arms and watch the group foment violence in the country.
He added that members of the group allegedly set a Police station and van ablaze in Aba, and also attacked a military patrol team in Umuahia.
The Police chief said that similar joint operations will be carried out intermittently in Kanu’s residence anytime they receive intelligence report that offensive weapons were brought to the place.