The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has directed urgent recovery of two AK47 riffles and a Berretta pistol allegedly snatched from a slain police officer and others by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, in Nnewi during a protest last week.
Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood made this known in Awka on Sunday while parading 33 suspected IPOB members arrested by the Anambra command.
Moshood said, on November 23 the police received intelligence report that members of the proscribed group were sighted gathering in their hundreds with dangerous weapons near Teaching Hospital, Owerri Road, Nnewi about to cause disturbance of Public Peace and public safety.
The Police Team, while proceeding to the scene came under ambush from the IPOB members, in the process, a Police Inspector was killed, two other Police Officers were seriously injured and one Police Patrol vehicle was set ablaze, while the proscribed IPOB members snatched two AK47 Rifles and one Beretta Pistol with ammunition.
Meanwhile, a loud protest erupted among the suspects when accusations of killing a police inspector and snatching of arms were read to journalists by Moshood.
The suspects said they were mostly traders in Nnewi market who had finished their business for the day and were about to close shop before they were arrested long after the protesting members of IPOB had left.