A successful coordinated operation by officers of the Nigeria Police Force, working with the Military and other security agencies has led to the arrest of a 22-year-old female suspect, Gloria Okolie, a spy girl for the outlawed Indegenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the South-Eastern part of the country.
According to a statement issued by CSP Aremu Adeniran, Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters (HQ) on Sunday, Okolie who was arrested was involved in the series of deliberate attacks on security facilities, destruction of critical national infrastructure including offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and killing of security operatives by members of IPOB in the region.
According to Adeniran, the suspect, a native of Umutanza in Imo State, was arrested during ‘Operation Restore Peace’, a special operation aimed at breaking the information, drugs and arms supply chain to IPOB and its armed wing, the Eastern Security Network in the region.
The deputy force spokesman said, Police Investigations revealed that Gloria Okolie is a member of IPOB/ESN in Imo State who worked closely with one Benjamin Uzoma Emojiri a.k.a “Onye Army”, one of the ESN commanders earlier declared wanted by the Police for his lead roles in planning, coordinating and executing the attack on the Imo State Police Command Headquarters and Imo State Headquarters of the Nigerian Correctional Service, reports News Diary Online.
“Her arrest and the revelations from her confession, assisted the Police in the arrest of “Onye Army”, a major breakthrough in the quest to restoring law and order in the South-East region,” the statement said.
According to Force HQ, further investigations by the Police team revealed that Gloria Okolie takes advantage of her gender and seemingly innocuous looks as camouflage to carry out espionage against military and police targets on behalf of IPOB/ESN.
“The suspect also serves as an intermediate person, who receives cash, drugs and weapons on behalf of IPOB/ESN and deliver same to their commanders in their camps. Through her clandestine criminal activities, she actively aided and abetted the multiple acts of murder, arson and malicious damage to both private and public property by the ESN.
“A lot of the deadly and unfortunate attacks on security personnel and assets, with numerous fatalities, have the imprimatur of Gloria Okolie, the spy girl of ESN militants. Investigation is being concluded to enable the Police arraign her in court for prosecution,” the Force HQ said.
The Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, while commending security operatives for the unrelenting fight against violent crimes in the country, assured citizens of the commitment of the Force to improving public safety and security and upholding law and order in the country, the statement said.