Naija News learned that the suspected IPOB members and its sister groups were arrested in Amasiri, Afikpo North local government area of Ebonyi state.
Reacting to the arrest, Ogbonna Nnachi, a clergyman who is the leader of the suspects, claimed that they were only planning for a successful burial ceremony of one his member when the police arrested them.
The clergyman added that the deceased member died in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial city.
On the other hand, DSP Odah Loveth, the Ebonyi State Police Public Relations Officer, who confirmed the incident, added that the suspects were arrested at their convention ground in Amasiri.
The Ebonyi State Police spokesperson said the arrest was made possible following a credible intelligence report that IPOB/MASSOB/BIM members will hold their 2-day 2019 convention in the area.
According to DSP Odah, Biafra insignia such as Biafra currency (2 pounds), branded Biafra T-Shirts, caps and bangles were recovered by the command.
Her words: “The Ebonyi state police command in active collaboration with other security agencies in the state, while acting on credible intelligence report that IPOB/MASSOB/BIM members will have their 2019 convention in the state, on 13 and 14 August 2019, embarked on massive “show of force” covering the entire length and breadth of the state with particular focus on identified flashpoints.
“The exercise dominated the entire state and frustrated the activities of IPOB/MASSOB/BIM members thereby denying them the opportunity to hold their meeting in the pre-arranged venue.
“They were however traced to a hideout in the bush around Amasiri, Afikpo North L.G.A of the state where fifteen (15) members led by one Rev. Ogbonna Nnachi, ‘M’, about 70years of age were arrested.
“Items recovered from them include Biafra Currency (2 pounds), branded Biafra T-Shirts, caps and bangles.”