The operatives of the Imo State Police Command on August 10 nabbed six more suspected bandits said to have participated in the attack at a police station in Agwa Community in Oguta Local Government Area of the state.
It was gathered that the areested new suspects were among those who fled during an earlier raid undertaken by the police in the Agwa and Izombe communities.
The spokesman of the command, CSP Michael Abattam gave the names of the arrested suspects as Mmadukaji Moses ‘m’ aged 30 years of Mgbala Agwa,, Chigozie Amanyere ‘m’ aged 21 years of Umukpo Agwa; Ifeanyi Uche ‘m’ aged 21 years of Obudi Agwa; Uzoma Uche ‘m’ aged 24 years of Obudi Agwa; Sopuruchi Anumodu ‘m’ aged 24years and Chukwuma ‘m’ aged 30years.
Abattam in a statement dated August 12, 2022 disclosed that Madukaji Moses was adorned in a polce vest suspected to belong to a slain police officer at the time of his arrest.
Recall that four police officers were recently slaughtered at Agwa Community when bandits attacked a police station in the community.
Abattam said Moses was still undergoing interrogation to ascertain whether the police vest he was wearing at the time of his arrest belonged to one of the slain police officers.
The police spokesman further disclosed the weapons recovered from the suspects to include one English made automatic pump action gun, two locally made pistols, twenty live cartridges and fourteen sharpened machetes.
According to Abattam, the command seized the suspected along Obudi Agwa road where they blocked the raid, stopping vehicles, searching the occupants of the vehicle and checking their phones to identify police officers among them for possible abduction.
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde has commended the officers and men for their proactiveness and prompt response.
He called on the Hunters Association to collaborate with the police and other security agencies in giving information on criminal hideouts observed in the bushes.
He also appealed to Imolites not to allow terrorists to use their communities as safe havens to perpetrate heinous crimes.