During a gun fight at Umuchoke in the Ehime Mbano LGA of Imo State, the Imo State Police Command stated one suspected member of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra and Eastern Security Network IPOB/ ESN terror gang was killed.
The hoodlum had been on the command’s wanted list but on the run after involvement in many deaths of police officers and the burning of police stations, according to a statement signed by CSP Michael Abattam, Police Public Relations Officer in Imo State.
One locally produced double barrel handgun with two expended rounds, two live cartridges, and the charms he placed around his waist to reinforce himself against police bullets were among the items seized from the deceased, according to authorities.
The command said its tactical team mobilized and stormed the shop of the hoodlum, who was eventually identified as Uchenna Chukwu, aged 34 yrs ‘M’ of Umunakanu in Ehime Mbano LGA of Imo State, on the 6th of October, 2021 at approximately 1630 hours, after meticulous information gathering.
“When he saw the cops, he raised the alarm, alerting the rest of his gang. He grabbed a cutlass and charged at one of the cops, attempting to chop off his head, but he was overpowered, disarmed, and the cutlass was retrieved from him.
“While this was going on, the already notified members arrived in force and engaged the police agents in a gunfight, but they were defeated by the police’s superior firepower, and one of them was neutralized while others escaped with gunshot wounds into hiding.”
The suspect is currently being interrogated and has provided useful information to the investigators, disclosing their hideouts as well as the residences of other members of his gang who are on the run.
According to the police, an investigation is underway, and agents are collaborating with other security agencies to apprehend additional members of the terror cell, including those who escaped with bullet wounds.
CP Rabiu Hussaini, the Commissioner of Police for the Imo State Command, praised the officers and men for their bravery and thanked the people of Imo State for their support.
The CP asked them to continue assisting the police with genuine information and to report any anyone observed with bullet wounds to the nearest police station.