Arms including two AK-47 rifles and two G3 rifles were recovered in the raid on Sunday, along the road that leads to Otuoke, the hometown of former President Goodluck Jonathan. Punch gathered that the arms cache was discovered during a search in the house of a suspected militant leader, Emmanuel Lawson.
Confirming the arrest of the militant leader, Director, Army Public Relations, Brig-Gen. Texas Chukwu said Lawson’s suspected accomplice, one Mrs. Ebikaboere Emmanuel, was arrested.
In April, the Abia State Police also displayed large quantity of arms and ammunition mopped up from various parts of the State, following the mop-up of illegal arms directive by the Inspector General of police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris.
Among the arms recovered were three general purpose machines, GMP, several number of pump action guns, English Double Barrel gun, both long and cut-to-size, locally made pistols as well as large quantity of arms live arms and ammunition. Displaying the guns which runs in several hundreds, the State Police Commissioner, Mr. Anthony Ogbizi said majority of them was recovered from criminal suspects from the four area commands of the State. CP Ogbizi who further said that some of the arms were recovered from private individuals while few were recovered from vigilante groups, however said that nobody has voluntarily returned any arms.
According to the Police Commissioner, “the exercise is on-going and I hoped that more arms and ammunitions would be recovered. I appeal for genuine information from the public on how to get more of the illegal arms.”
Ogbizi who also paraded some criminal suspects, including a dismissed mobile police man, kidnappers, child traffickers and teenagers engaged in handset stealing, said that members of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, have been posting their materials in Aba and warned that any of them caught would face the full weight of the law.