The Imo Police Command has arrested four suspected members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) for attempting to plant explosives at a military checkpoint along Owerri/Orlu road.
In an interview with reporters on Monday, the state Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro, the ESN operatives were captured after a fierce gun battle with police officers.
“On 4th July 2021, some members of the prescribed ESN/IPOB Organisation, were arrested by security agencies in the state. They were arrested in a futile bid to launch improvised explosives on the Military checkpoint along Owerri Orlu Road.”
“The hoodlums who came in their numbers were however engaged in a gun duel by the joint Security agencies which led to the arrest of the following suspects; Chukwuebuka offorji “Male” Nicholas Ekwelem “Male” Okwelem Paschal “Male” Onyekahi Enerenini “Male.
“However, one of the suspects sustained gunshot injury on his leg in the course of the melee. Meanwhile, operatives of the Command are presently on the trail of the escaping suspects who are strongly believed to have escaped with gunshot injuries. Efforts are in progress to recover the arms of the group as well as other incriminating items.
“The Commissioner of Police Imo State CP Abutu Yaro, FDC, vowed to sustain the operations and arrest of all criminals involved in violent crimes in the state, especially as the Command has embarked on mop-up operations to arrest the remnants of the ESN/IPOB members in the state.”