A dreaded kingpin of the proscribed secessionist group, IPOB, Uchenna Chukwu has been arrested in Imo State.
Police spokesperson, Mike Abattam revealed this in a statement on Friday, October 8.
The 34-year-old IPOB member was arrested at Ehime-Mbano local government area of the state.
Abattam explained that the police also killed an IPOB member who joined other members to frustrate the kingpin’s arrest.
The police said Chukwu participated in killing police officers and burning police stations in Imo and had long been declared wanted by the police.
He further stated that the police stormed his shop in the Ehime Mbano area, following credible information to arrest him.
“The suspect raised the alarm alerting members of his gang, picked a cutlass and rushed at one of the police operatives and attempted chopping off his head but was overpowered, disarmed and the cutlass recovered.
“While this was on, the already alerted members who came in their numbers to rescue him engaged the police in a gun duel, and in the process, one of them was neutralised while others escaped with bullet wounds.”, the police statement read.
He added that one locally-made double-barrelled pistol with two expended cartridges, two live cartridges, and charms were recovered at the scene.
By Doris Israel Ijeoma