Police in Imo state has disclosed that it arrested a suspected kingpin of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Uchenna Chukwu.
This was contained in a statement released by the police public relations officer in the state, Mike Abattam.
The PPRO said the suspect was arrested at Ehime-Mbano LGA of the state.
According to the PPRO, the police also killed an IPOB member who joined other members to frustrate the arrest of the kingpin.
He said Chukwu, aged 34, played a major role in the killing of police officers and burning of police stations in Imo and had long been declared wanted by the police.
He said following credible information, the police went to his shop at Ehime Mbano area to arrest him.
“The suspect raised 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,” he said.
“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.”
He said one locally-made double-barrelled pistol with two expended cartridges; two live cartridges and charms were recovered at the scene.