The Imo State Police Command on Thursday said it had uncovered a bomb factory at Umuokirika village in Aboh-Mbaise Local Government Area of the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Andrew Enwerem, said this in a meeting with journalists in Owerri, the state capital.
Enwerem said acting on a tip-off, a team of policemen from the command had raided the site of the factory in Umuokrika and arrested two members of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign States of Biafra suspected to be the brains behind the illegal factory.
One of the suspects found at the site of bomb factory gave his name as Love Davidson, a resident of Nguru in Aboh-Mbaise LGA of the state, while his accomplice is named Eze Charles from Nsukka in Enugu State. A third suspect is believed to be on the run.
Although Davidson, in whose residence the bomb factory was allegedly sited, denied ever being a part of the syndicate involved in the illegal manufacture of Improvised Explosive Devices, the Police recovered a drilling machine, gunpowder, tins of paint, threads, a bucket and a bore used as shrapnel from the suspects.
However, the head of the Bomb Squad at the Command, Omowaye Timothy, has since identified the items as components used in making IEDs earlier found in some parts of the state a few months ago.