Police arrests suspected bomb maker in Imo state


On Friday, authorities in Imo State announced the arrest of a 50-year-old man suspected of making bombs for the Indigenous People of Biafra.

According to a statement released by police spokesperson Micheal Abattam in Owerri, the state capital, the suspect, Simeon Onigbo, was allegedly responsible for the manufacture of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) used by gunmen to assault police units in the state.

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According to Abattam, the suspect was apprehended in Uba Umuaka in the state’s Njaba Local Government Area when police searched the location after receiving a tip.

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“Sequel to the modified and invigorated strategies emplaced by the Command’s management team on the assumption of office, under the watchful eye of the Commissioner of Police, Imo Command, CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde, psc (+), with a view to checkmate violent crimes and criminality in the State,” the statement read.

“In line with the Commissioner of Police’s crime-fighting strategy, the Command’s Tactical Teams revealed the hideout of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra /Eastern Security Network, its militia wing, where they are manufacturing Improvised Explosive Devices used in attacks on Police Stations and Government facilities in the state, following credible intelligence received on 20/4/2022 at about 1700 hours.”

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“The police were dispatched to the terror group’s hideout in Uba Umuaka, Njaba Local Government Area, Imo State, and raided the camp.”

“During the raid, one Simeon Onigbo’m’, 50 years old, was apprehended. During an on-the-spot interrogation, the suspect admitted to making the majority of the Improvised Explosive Devices (I.E.Ds) used in attacks on police stations around the state and beyond.

“Improvised Explosive Devices, fifty-eight pieces of Cannon Steel Pipe, two chisels, one hammer, one and a half-bag of Potassium Nitrate, thirty pounds weight of Sulphur, forty pounds weight of dry sand, ten pounds weight of red sand, thirty pounds weight of gun powder, half-bag of charcoal, thirty electronic motorcycle batteries, and seven lengths of eight millimetres iron ro Meanwhile, the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit of the Command has taken possession of the recovered bomb for technical analysis and probable detonation.

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“However, the investigation is ongoing, and the suspect has provided useful information, including the names of members of his gangs who patronise him outside of the state.” The Command’s operatives are not giving up, and all efforts are being made to apprehend the specified suspects.

“The Commissioner of Police, Imo Command, CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde, psc(+), who is poised to ensure that terrorism and other violent crimes in the state are reduced to the bare minimum, praised the officers and men for their gallantry and proactiveness.”

“He then urged Imo people to continue to provide credible and timely information to the police and other security agencies, which will greatly assist the Command in bringing crime in the state to a halt.”

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