The police in Ebonyi state discovered a big bomb manufacturing factory.
In a statement released by Ebonyi Police spokesperson Chris Anyanwu said the discovery came as a result of a police operation in which its agents engaged IPOB/ESN members in a gunfight that resulted in the deaths of two of the separatist group’s members and the arrest of one of the state commanders.
According to him, the bomb plant was found in a camp at Obegu, which is along the border of the LGAs of Onicha-Isu and Ishielu in the Ebonyi State.
Anyanwu claimed that during the ensuing shootout, two of the thugs were neutralized while two Police officers suffered minor bullet wounds.
While others fled with varying degrees of bullet wounds, one of the suspects (the Commander) WAS captured.
Following the gunfight, a joint team of the Command’s Tactical Teams, the Military, and DSS swooped on the Commander’s and other people’s homes, armed with reliable information provided by the suspect.
Massive incriminating evidence was recovered as a result of the search warrant being carried out.
“The invasion of the criminals’ den was necessitated by an earlier encounter between operatives of the Command’s Tactical Teams, sequel to a credible information gathered that the hoodlums were operating/wreaking havoc in the State with a Toyota Sienna space bus which they robbed at gun point from the owner within Ishielu axis.
“A quick trail and joint effort with a team of detectives attached to Ohaukwu Division led to the arrest of Sunday Ubah a.k.a Bongo, the State Commander of the IPOB/ESN in Ebonyi State.
“The miscreant who gave revealing pieces of information about the activities and modus operandi of the criminals, initially claimed that he is their PRO and native of Umunnochi in Isuikwuato LGA, Abia State.
“However, a scrupulous investigation aided by his antecedents/profile with the Police Command proved that he is a native of Obegu, Onicha LGA of Ebonyi State and indeed the factional Commander of the outfit in Obegu”.
“The Police bomb expert in the Command described it as a complete Bomb Factory – the biggest in the South-East and that each of the hand grenades (first of its kind) is capable of causing collosal damage to buildings and mass killing of humans,” Anyanwau said
Items recovered include “30 pieces of IEDs using safety fuses primed in non-electric initiator/detonator, Sixty-three (63) wraps of Super power 90mm gelatin, two (02) Solar prime 90mm gelatin, sixteen (16) Danger 90 gelatin, twenty (20) Ideal power 90 gelatin 50mm, two hundred and thirty-nine (239) pieces of plain Non-electric detonators, fourteen (14) pieces of primed nonels, ninety-nine (99) pieces of one-inch safety fuses, and One complete roll of Safety fuse.”
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