By AUSTIN OWOICHO, Abuja
The Nigerian Army has announced arrests of a spiritual leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and 27 members.
News of the arrest was contained in a statement signed by the Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, made available on October 2, 2019
“On 1st October 2019, troops of 144 Battalion arrested 27 members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) comprising 4 females and 23 males led by their spiritual leader, one Pa Micheal Madumere (56 years) who hails from Ideato South LGA of Imo State,” it stated.
It explained that one of the proscribed IPOB members named Mr Oliver Onyebunachi was arrested with one AK 47 Rifle with Registration Number 562511003 and 2 Magazines containing 8 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition.
“The suspect was shot on his right leg as he tried to shoot at own troops. Normalcy has since been restored in that area as troops continued to maintain surveillance in the general area.
“The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt Gen Tukur Yusufu Buratai hereby solicits the support of our good citizens of our great country in availing Nigerian Army formations and units nationwide with timely information that will assist them in ridding the communities of criminal elements and their nefarious and violent activities,” it stated.
The statement further advised law-abiding citizens to go about their businesses without fear of molestation.
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