Police overrun ESN camps, arrest kingpin in Imo, amidst gunfire

Police overrun ESN camps, arrest kingpin in Imo, amidst gunfire


Police operatives have destroyed three more camps of Eastern Security Network, ESN and arrested three leaders of the group in Imo State.

The network is linked to the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra with Mazi Nnamdi Kanu as the Commander.

Media Adviser to Imo State Command to the Commissioner of Police in the State, Abutu Yaro on Friday said the suspect admitted to be a member of ESN in a confessional statement.

According to him, the Command Tactical Units, Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team and Special Forces team destroyed the camps operations.

Abattam, a Chief Superintendent of Police, disclosed that the camps were located at Atta in Ikeduru Local Government Area, Izombe in Oguta LGA and in Ideato North LGA of the state, respectively.

The statement read “On June 25, at about 0400hrs following the Arrest of IPOB/ESN kingpin/commander who after interrogation gave useful information about their camps and activities and led the Police Tactical Units comprising of Imo command Tactical Units, IRT and Special Forces teams to the three IPOB / ESN Terrorist Camps located at Atta in Ikeduru LGA, Izombie in Oguta LGA and Ideato North LGA in Imo State.

“On sighting the tactical teams approaching their camp the hoodlums opened fire at them hence, there was heavy exchange of gunfire. But due to the superior firing power of the police, the hoodlums were overrun by the Tactical Units.

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“Some of the hoodlums escaped with bullets wounds into the forest. Several weapons, stolen cars, explosives, gun powders, charms, lPOB/ESN flags, ammunitions, bags of Indian Hemps, tramadol tablets and many other hard drugs were recovered.

“The Commissioner of Police, CP Abutu Yaro, fdc commended the efforts of the men and urged them to sustain the tempo. In like manner, he thanked Imolites for their support and assured them of the command’s commitment in ensuring a crime-free Imo State”, he said.


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