Three accused IPOB members have been detained, according to the Nigeria Police Force’s Cross River State Command, and explosives have been found on the suspects.
They were detained between August and November, according to the state’s commissioner of police, CP Sule Balarabe, who revealed this information on Monday while parading the suspects.
Richard Ukehad, Esther Asado, and Isaac Ebebe, all aged 29 and 44, were named by Balarabe as the alleged IPOB members.
The suspects were detained at their camp in the Bebe III village in the state’s Obanliku Local Government Area as a result of an intelligence report, according to the police commissioner.
The military, working with the anti-cultism/kidnapping team, “swung into action on the strength of the information, and the three were captured.”
At their camp, authorities discovered two Danish weapons, a Biafra uniform, a Biafra flag, an axe, a dagger, four explosive devices, two suspected explosive chemicals, charms, a police beret, and a live cartridge.
After the police have finished their investigation, the suspects will be charged in court, according to the police chief.
He added that another suspect is being held for armed robbery and kidnapping, while two more people have been apprehended for illegally possessing firearms.
Two AK-47 firearms and 200 rounds of live AK-47 ammo, according to Balarabe, were found by the command.
The police commissioner, who promised to eradicate crime and criminality from the state both during and after the holiday season, cautioned politicians against taking any actions that would jeopardize the peace in Cross River.
The leadership advises all political parties, their candidates, and supporters to play by the rules and adhere to the laws governing the country’s election process because violations would not be tolerated, he continued.”