By Bisi LAWAL
A criminal hideout suspected to be IPOB/ESN camp at Ihite Owerre, in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State was invaded by joint operatives of Imo State Police Command and the military at about 3.30 am on January 9.
Spokesperson for Imo State Police, Henry Okoye, said the operation led to the arrest of suspects behind the kidnap of a road safety officer, Sabinus Ugwuebu, and former Eze Imo, HRH Eze Samuel Ohiri.
Recall, both victims were kidnapped a few days ago at various locations in Imo state.
According to Okoye, after a gunfight with the alleged IPOB/ESN members an unnamed suspect was arrested while others escaped with gunshot wounds.
“The arrested suspect, who is believed to be a member of the ESN terrorist group may lead to where the kidnapped victims are.”
“On searching the camp, we recovered road safety uniforms of the kidnapped officer, Sabinus Ugwuebu.”
Okoye said one pump action gun, two double barrel guns, two single barrel guns, 54 rounds of live cartridges, military uniforms, six motorcycles and a box containing locally made explosives were recovered from the suspects.
He added that investigative effort is in progress to arrest the fleeing suspects and possibly rescue the kidnapped victims.