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Six persons suspected to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have been taken into custody in Ebonyi.
Five locally-made pistols with 12 rounds of ammunition were reportedly recovered from them.
Police spokesperson Loveth Odah said in a statement yesterday that the suspects were arrested during operations on Monday to disperse hoodlums enforcing the sit-at-home order by IPOB.
Odah also said police neutralised three suspected armed robbers, recovered three expended cartridges, a jack knife, an axe, a cutlass and some charms from them.
She explained that following a distress call that some hoodlums had barricaded Ogbaga Road, attacking and setting vehicles ablaze, hence operatives were swiftly deployed to the scene.
“The hoodlums on sighting the police opened fire.
“In the exchange of gun battle that ensued two members of the gang were fatally wounded while others escaped,” the statement said.
“A Toyota Picnic was set ablaze by the gang, including five motorcycles of different brands.
“Innocent citizens were attacked because they refused to obey the ‘sit-at-home’ directive of the IPOB.”