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Police Arrest Suspected South East Vigilante Militia Member In Katsina

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The Katsina State Police Command on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, paraded a 19 years old boy suspected to be a member of the proscribed terrorists group, Eastern Security Network (ESN).

According to the spokesman of the Command, SP Gambo Isah, the suspect identified as David Eric Uchenna also goes by the name Ibrahim Muhammed and was arrested at Kofar Sauri Quarters within Katsina metropolis.

Gambo further disclosed that the suspect, an indigene of Enugu State said he use to be under one of the ESN leader, Emenike (aka SAPALE) and they have over 400 members in their camp located at Akpogozie forest in Orji River LGA.

Uchenna however alleged that he’s no longer a member of the dreaded terrorists network. He said, “Truly, I am no longer with them. In fact, I am on their wanted list.”

Explaining how he got to Katsina, Uchenna said, “Myself and two others ran to Katsina after we stole the sum of N700,000 from one of the ransom money paid by a kidnapped victim. But they have since fled Katsina for fear of being arrested by the police.
“My mum also lives here in Katsina.”

SP Gambo Isah who paraded the suspect among others suspect noted that Uchenna who is “strongly suspected to be a kidnapper confessed that his gang kidnapped someone in Imo state and collected the sum of ten million-naira (10,000, 000:00K) as ransom but stole the sum of seven hundred (N700,000:00K) out of the ransom and escaped to Katsina State, along with two of his allies, Chuckwuemeka and Chinemerem who had since left Katsina to evade arrest.

SP Gambo further disclosed that the suspect also confessed to have committed series of crimes ranging from armed robbery, kidnapping, and other heinous crimes in Nigeria northeast.

Police Arrest Suspected IPOB/ESN Commander

The Police in Ebonyi State has arrested one Nnamdi Ngwuta Obaji, a suspected commander of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra/ Eastern Security Network(IPOB/ESN).

A statement from the spokesperson of the Command, Chris Anyanwu, said Obaji also known as State Commander No. 3 was arrested with another operative of the group, Felix Ogudu.

Anyanwu said the duo gave useful information which led to the police raiding and destroying three large camps of the group in the state.

He said the police armed with credible intelligence, stormed three big camps of the outlawed IPOB/ESN  operatives (including a new one under active construction), located in a thick forest close to Opeke River, in Omege village Agba Community, of Ishielu LGA.

He said the operation was spearheaded by the command’s tactical teams assisted by the Military and DSS in the State

According to him, the group is suspected to be responsible for the recent attack on the Provost College of Education Isu last week.

He said: “While accessing/cordoning the Camps, the combined teams were ambushed by the criminal elements with rains of sporadic shooting in their direction.

“Without hesitation, the allied team swiftly responded and engaged them in same manner and of course their superior fire power subdued the miscreants, who chanted morale-boasting war songs, dived into the Opeke River, and swarm to different directions as they scampered for safety.

“However, a good number of them were neutralized while many escaped with bullet injuries,” he said.

Anyanwu said after dislodging the criminal elements and taking over the ground, the camp was ransacked and destroyed.

“A wooden bridge under construction intended to aid the miscreants in their coming and going, was equally dismantled,” he said

The spokesperson said the team also raided the Anike Isu Onicha LGA abode and Shrine of the dare-devil State  Commander of the organization popularly called Ambassador.

“The shrine which had a live-tortoise, was equally neutralized at the end of the assignment”.

“One of the Leaders of the organization popularly known as SARS COMMANDER with dread-locks on his head, said to be an indigene of Cross River State is on-the-run and is declared wanted.

“He and members of the outlawed IPOB/ESN are responsible for the attack on Police Stations, home town of former Chairman Ikwo of Ikwo LGA.

“The gang is also highly suspected to have partaken as a crimini participant in the attack of the Provost of Federal College of Education, Isu Onicha along Agba axis a few days ago judging from the proximity of their camp to the scene of the incident and many other similar ones in the State,” he said.

Some items recovered from the camps include: 11 bullet-proof jackets,  8 sets of Military camouflage uniforms,  2 camp-gas cookers, 110 rounds of FNC live ammunition, 40 rounds of GPMG live ammunition, 2 PRO electronics scanners (EOD equipment), and 5 empty canons.

Others include: 5 single-barrel guns, 9 assorted GSM handsets,  3 locally-fabricated revolver pistols, 1 white Toyota Hilux vehicle,  bunch of keys,

3 NIN slips bearing different names,

1 exercise book with coded names/GSM numbers of the suspects and 1 voter’s card.

Also recovered were 3 hammers, 2 Assault rifle butts,  25 camping mosquito nets, fetish substances suspected to be charms,   1 Mercedes Benz 190 car with Reg No. SKA 306 AA, 1 Biafran-map Calendar, and 2 KYMCO motorcycles.

Others recovered items are1 YAMAHA motorcycle with Reg No. QC 267 UML, 1 KC SAMSUNG motorcycle without Reg Number, 7 Military/Police bullet-proof jackets, and 2 pairs of Military boots. Ends.

Source: Vanguard

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