Fifty-nine people suspected to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, have been arrested in Abia state.
The police are accusing of them arson and murder of a policeman, who died of injuries sustained when the said IPOB members attacked the Ariara Police Station in the state.
Anthony Ogbizi, commissioner of police for Abia, confirmed the arrest at a media briefing, adding that the suspects would be prosecuted for arson, murder and other related crimes.
Seven among the arrested persons were paraded at the briefing.
Narrating the attack, Ogbizi said the suspects between September 10 and September 14 attacked the police station with petrol bombs, destroyed everything at the station and made away with three pump-action guns.
“Even some policemen were seriously injured. In fact as I am talking to you, one of the injured police officer is dead. Doctors tried in vain to save his life,” he said.
“Now we have lost a soul and you know what it takes to train a police officer. You know the vacuum that creates. It takes a minimum of one year to train a police officer.”
Ogbizi said they also destroyed property of lawful citizens too, adding that their demonstration was not peaceful.
He also alleged that the group attacked a nearby bank to get money to acquire more weapons.
The police boss said about 30 IPOB members were arrested when they attacked soldiers at Isiala Ngwa and about 29 were arrested in Umuahia.
He said suspected IPOB members also attacked military officers and the residences of commissioner of police and AIG zone 9 in Umuahia.
Ogbizi said the army recovered several exhibits including the coat of arms of Biafra from the suspects.