The Ebonyi State Police Command says it has uncovered the biggest bomb factory in the South-East belonging to the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and Eastern Security Network, ESN.
The Command said the IPOB/ESN bomb factory was located at Obegu, a boundary area between Onicha-Isu and Ishielu Local government areas of Ebonyi State.
Chris Anyanwu, the spokesman of Command, said the bomb factory was discovered after a gun-duel with ESN operatives.
Anyanwu said the bomb factory is capable of causing mass killings and damages.
He disclosed that two members of ESN and a State Commander died during the gun-battle which ensued when policemen on investigation were attacked along Agba-Isu road on Wednesday.
He disclosed that some of the policemen sustained injuries during the operation.
He noted that following the gun duel, a joint team of the Command’s Tactical Teams, the Military and DSS, armed with credible information, swooped on the houses/residences of the Commander and others.
The Command spokesman said searches carried out on the residences led to the discoveries of Improvised Explosive Devices and parts used in making IEDs.
A statement by Anyanwu reads partly: “A quick trail and joint effort with a team of detectives attached to Ohaukwu Division led to the arrest of Sunday Ubah, a.k.a Bongo, the State Commander of the IPOB/ESN in Ebonyi State.
“The Police bomb expert in the Command described it as a complete Bomb Factory – the biggest in the South-East and that each of the hand grenades (first of its kind) is capable of causing colossal damage to buildings and mass killing of humans.”
Meanwhile, the IPOB has repeatedly denied being involved in any form of violence or arms deal.