Top IPOB Commander arrested in Lagos

Lagos Police arrest top IPOB Commander

Ahmed Alo, Police Correspondent

The Police in Lagos have arrested a top commander of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, (IPOB)

Uchezi Eze who was picked in his operation base in Lagos was linked to a string of violent operations in several towns and communities in South East Nigeria.
He is 43 years old and was said to have received training in infantry, espionage and guerilla warfare.

Eze is also a top official of the Eastern Security Network (IPOB/ESN)

He was said to have left South East last year with the intention of coming to Lagos

He is reported to be deadly and feared among even other IPOB commanders.

He was arrested midweek at Shibiri in Ojo Local Government Area of Lagos State.

His mission in Lagos remains unclear but a source said he might be in Lagos to set up IPOB cells or oil existing ones, if any.

Security sources told Irohinoodua that Eze is also the custodian of arms and military uniforms. He is said to be an “expert” in kidnapping and armed operations in the South East.

Before he came to Lagos, Eze was in charge of Operations of IPOB/ESN activities in Imo, Anambra and Ebonyi states.

He was said to have made useful confessions including his involvement in the killing of security operatives in the South East.

He has been linked to the burning of police stations and the assassination of Ikonso and some All Progressives Congress, APC members in the South East.

The police said “On Wednesday night, Anti-kidnapping Unit revealed that it received reliable intelligence and a team led by a Chief Superintendent of Police, (CSP), Oladimeji Odeyeyiwa, Commander Anti-kidnapping Unit went to Shibiri Ojo in Lagos State where one Uchechi Eze aka Lion Heart, 43, from Imo State was arrested.

“He is the Operational Commander of IPOB/ESN terrorists in the entire acclaimed Biafra land. A search was executed in his hideout at Shibiri Ojo, Lagos state and two AK47 rifles, and 60 rounds of live ammunition were recovered.

The police said he had confessed to having been the Operational Commander of IPOB/ESN terrorising Imo, Anambra and Ebonyi states including burning of all police stations, government facilities, killings of Nigeria government securities, including personnel of APC in the struggle to actualize the Biafra Republic and in revenge for the death of notorious late Ikonso the IPOB/ESN Zonal Operational Commander.

Operatives said the investigation is on to identify his collaborators in Lagos.

A police source said since assuming office the current Lagos State Police Commissioner, CP Adegoke Fayoade has strengthened the security framework adding that ” Lagos is a no go area for terrorists and criminals”

The source said the Inspectpr General of Police IG Kayode Egbetokun has reenergised the Police force adding that he has increased the rating of the Nigerian police locally and internationally within the shortest time of his coming to power.

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