The Nigeria police has arrested a deserted soldier suspected to be the trainer of members of the Indigenous People of Biafra.
Ebeje Nnamdi, 26, was arrested by officers of the Anambra police command alongside three others - Onyebuchi Peter Ali, Ugwuokpe Nnaemeka and one other - for their alleged involvement in armed robbery in Iyi Oyi area of the state.
The police commissioner of the state Garba Umar while parading the suspects said 22 suspected cult members were also carrying out their initiation ceremony in a near by bush.
Umar said 336 rounds of 7.22x39 mm, AK-47 live ammunition were also recovered from the alleged (IPOB) members and their trainer.
“Police equally recovered three empty AK-47 riffles with magazines, one locally made double barrel pistol with two live cartridges, (IPOB) wears, IPOB flags, muffler, criminal charms and ATM cards.
“The Army deserter was formally of the 20 Mechanised Battalion, Taraba, in 2014 before he disappeared,’’Umar said.
He further added that Nnamdi is responsible for for attacks and killings of police officers at checks points, fuel station robberies among many other heinous crimes.
Umar promised that the Anambra state police command would continue to deliver on the force mandate of protecting citizens' lives and property.
“The command has been achieving results in the fight against crime due to the cooperation of well meaning people in the state. We solicit that such synergy should be sustained.
“I wish to reiterate the readiness of the command to continue partnering with other security agencies and law abiding citizens of the state to eliminate all forms of crime and criminalities.
“I wish to advise parents to take care of their children/wards so as to reduce cult activities in the society,’’ the police commissioner said.
The suspects the police said allegedly instigated the clash between soldiers and some of the group members, including some Tricycle 'Keke NAPEP' operators at the popular Isigate in Umuahia, Abia state capital city.
The IPOB members were arraigned on an eight-count charge bordering on conspiracy to commit felony to wit, riotous assembly.