A member of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), the militant wing of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, has been slain, according to the Imo state police command (IPOB).
According to CSP Michael Abattam, the arrest was made after officers acted on solid information that a suspect had been spotted at Umuchoke in Imo’s Ehime Mbano Local Government Area. The culprit was claimed to be on the command’s wanted list, but he was on the run after being accused of killing officers and torching police stations.
According to Abattam, the command’s tactical teams mobilized and storied on October 6, 2021 at about 4.30 p.m. after diligent intelligence gathering.
“On sighting the police operatives, he raised alarm alerting other members of his gang, picked a cutlass and rushed at one of the police operatives attempted chopping off his head, but was overpowered, disarmed and the cutlass recovered from him.
While this was on, the already alerted members who came in their number to rescue him engaged the police operatives in a gun duel, but were overwhelmed by the superior firing power of the police and in the process, one of them was neutralised while others escaped with bullet wounds into hiding.
Recovered from the deceased were one locally made double barrel pistol with two expended cartridges, two live cartridges and the charms he tied round his waist to fortify himself against police bullet.
The suspect is presently undergoing interrogation and has made useful statement to the investigating team revealing their hideout and the abode of other members of his gang on the run.
Meanwhile, investigation is in progress and the police operatives are working in synergy with other security agencies to arrest the other members of the terror group especially, those that escaped with bullets injuries.”the statement read