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Nine suspects held over attack on Uzodinma’s home

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By Chris Njoku, Owerri

Nine suspects have been taken into custody following the attack on Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma’s house.

A juju priest who allegedly prepares charms for fighters of Eastern Security Network (ESN) was also arrested, police spokesman Bala Elkana said in a statement on Thursday.

It partly read; “On the 8/6/21 at about 1630 hrs, tactical teams of the Command through diligent and painstaking investigations, stormed Ukwuorji, Mbaitoli Local Government Area, along Onitsha Road, and arrested one Ezeugo Ordu, 65, a native of Ubachima, Omuma, Oru West Local Government Area.

“He confessed to be a member  of IPOB/ESN, and made useful  statements to the police as regards the recent attacks on police  stations as well as the residence of Governor Hope Uzodinma.

“He led policemen to the IPOB/ESN camp in a bush close to Njaba River, where nine persons were arrested at the criminals’ hideout while planning another attack. Assorted charms were recovered from them.

“Two of the nine arrested in the hideout, Chinedu Nwakarie aka One Door, 48, Uzoamaka Ugoanyanwu, their native doctor, 40, were identified to be part of the hoodlums that attacked the private residence of Governor Hope Uzodinma and also some police stations as well; they confessed to  the crime, and also stated their roles during the operations.

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Police Commissioner Abutu Yaro used the opportunity to reiterate the call on members of the IPOB/ESN,  or any other criminal syndicate operating in the state especially those who stole police arms and ammunition to voluntarily surrender themselves to enable them get “soft landing”.

Yaro debunked social media claims that 15 soldiers were shot dead in another attack on the Government House, Owerri and Army barracks.

Elkana quoted the CP as saying that such stories were a figment of the purveyors’ imagination, stressing that there were no such attacks.

The police boss warned the public to be wary of such posts as they are aimed at causing tension as well as instilling fear in Imo people.

The statement read: “The attention  of the Imo State Police Command has been drawn  to a post making the  rounds  on various  social  media platforms stating that the Army barracks and  Imo state government house were attacked, and 15 soldiers shot dead.

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The Command hereby wishes to inform the  general public that there was no such attack in these places mentioned  in the write-up, that is just the figment of the imagination of the author.

To this end, members of the public  are advised to disregard the news, as it is the handiwork of mischief makers and budding conflict entrepreneurs.



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