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Imo State Police Command has uncovered a hideout and arrested seven suspected members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who confessed to killing Inspector Felicia Nwagbara, who was declared missing in 2017 and the second wife of one of the suspects – Casmire Mgbugba.

The Police named the suspects 53-year-old Casmire Mgbugha, 30-year-old Hycent Chimezie, 28-year-old Hycent Azunna, 26-year-old Hycent Ifesinachi, 23-year-old Hycent Chimobi, 22-year-old Chukwuemeka Wisdom and 72-year-old Nnadike Clifford.

The State Police Spokesperson, CSP Michael Abattam, who made this known in a statement, on Thursday, said personnel raided the hideout after receiving intelligence that IPOB/ESN native doctor, who had been on the run, returned to the community.

“A credible information was received that the native doctor who prepares charms for fortifications against bullets and knives for members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed affiliate, Eastern Security Network and led in the attack and killing of a police officer in Agwa Community has returned after fleeing the community.

“The Command’s Tactical Teams, on Wednesday, at about 6:00 am, hastily mobilised, and with the positive revelations made in course of interrogating the suspects earlier arrested in connection with the killing, the team was able to locate the criminal hideout in Ubah Agwa in Oguta LGA of Imo State and immediately cordoned area and tactical went into the den,” he noted.

He added that the Police ensured there were no escape routes, and one of the suspects, Hycent Chimezie, who attempted to escape for the second time, was maimed on the leg.

The team recovered one Toyota Camry car with registration number AKD 73 BF LAGOS, one live Python, eight locally made Pistols, eighteen rounds of live cartridges, one Biafra flag, and a pair of Police Camouflage Uniform belonging to late Inspector Felicia Nwagbara.

The suspects, according to the PPRO, claimed that they are the manufacturers of the locally made guns recovered from them; apart from using them in perpetrating crimes, they also sell to robbers and kidnappers.

Meanwhile, the Command has expressed its appreciation to the good people of Imo State for their undaunting support.

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