Police in Imo have arrested a man said to be a financier of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Eastern Security Network (ESN).
Boniface Okeke, who hails from Obor in Orlu council area of the state, was arrested on Sunday in an Orlu hotel alongside 25 other suspected members of the proscribed organisations.
Seven of those arrested were women.
Commissioner of PoliceAbutuYaro said the suspects were held in connection with terrorism and attacks on security agencies and individuals.
He said Okeke, 57, confessed to have funded IPOB and ESN operations in the state to the tune of N10,000,000 while he was outside the country.
The police boss said the suspects were arrested through the assistance of one Emmanuel Nnaji, 15, who was arrested after the recent attack on Omumaand Njaba police stations.
“On interrogation by the command’s tactical teams, the suspect gave a vivid description of a hotel located in Orlu as where they, the bandits, stayed and planned before they executed their dastardly act on the police stations,” Abutu said.
Many guns guns including one AK47, Pump Action, double-barrel, ammunition, hemp, Biafran flag, army camouflage and Biafran insignia were recovered from the suspects, police said.
In Okporo community in Orlu council, three persons were reportedly killed and houses set ablaze.
A man’s severed head was reportedly seen on a road.
The violence was said to have started early Sunday but no group has claimed responsibility for it.
Motorcycles and other vehicles including a trailer conveying beer were damaged.
A divisional police officer and six gunmen were killed recently in the area in a gun battle.
By Chris Njoku