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The command in Abia has arrested nine members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Movement Actuali­sation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Biafra Indepen­dent Movement (BIM).

The commissioner of , Mr. Chris Ezike disclosed this during at a press conference on Wednes­day in Umuahia.

Some of the suspects are Ikedi Orji (38), Samuel Elem (38), Festus Oko (32), Michael Okoroa­for (45) and Okoro Chukwu (33). Others are John Ogbu (44), Cyril Elobuike (45), Dominic Onovo (56) and Alika Chukwuemeka (52).

Ezike said the items recovered from the suspects included two motorcycles, Biafra identify cards, one Biafra magazine, one Biafra national anthem booklet and a Biafra flag. He said that his men also recovered three blue uniform shirts of the outfit, badges and service numbers from the sus­pects.

He narrated how soldiers on duty at Abia State University Uturu military check point inter­cepted the first five suspects all from Ebonyi state en route Ower­ri, Imo, on November 25. He said the last four suspects from Enugu en route Owerri were intercepted near Lokponta in Umunneochi on November 26 by the patrol team to Mbala Division.

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While parading them, he added that they admitted to being members of MASSOB and BIM, but denied belonging to IPOB. “Intelligence information is indic­ative that suspects may be part of the IPOB group that unleashed mayhem in some states recently,” he said.

Some of the suspects claimed they were only travelling to Chuk­wuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Library birthday/memorial lecture of the late Biafra warlord.

In another development, said it had recovered N7.93 million out of the N91.18 million discovered from empowerment scam. Ezike said it arrested 18 suspects of the 22 individuals and groups who masqueraded as empowerment companies, church cooperative society, poverty allevi­ation units and wonder financial institutions, among others.

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According to him, as of November 27, received 6,728 complaints from various scam victims in Aba. He said in the two past two weeks of his resumption in the command, 57 suspects had been arrested.

He said the suspects were in­volved in various crimes including kidnapping, armed robbery, cult­ism, stealing, child abuse among others.(NAN)

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