Security operatives dismantle IPOB/ESN hideout in Anambra, nab 4 suspects


The alleged IPOB/ESN members

By Joy Mbachi

Four suspected members of the military wing of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Eastern Security Network (ESN) have been arrested by a joint team of security operatives in a raid at their hideout in Ufuma, Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

One of the IPOB/ESN members arrested was Maduabuchi Nwafor, alias Omenkpo, aged 32 and a native of Ufuma. He was said to be one of the herbalists of the group.

“Nwafor has been identified as one of the herbalists who prepare charms for the group and uses his shrine for initiation ceremonies and a meeting venue for the criminals,” Anambra Police Command’s Spokesperson, SP Tochukwu Ikenga, disclosed on Tuesday in a statement in Awka.

According to Nwafor, the hideout of the IPOB/ESN was raided following a credible intelligence report.

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He said that the ESN operatives were arrested based on information received over time of planned attacks on security agents and innocent citizens by the dreaded group.

“Also, another suspect, unnamed, who is already assisting the police with vital information, confessed to be one of the gunmen dispatched by the group to enforce the illegal sit-at-home order on May 30.

The Commissioner of Police in Anambra, Mr Nnaghe Itam, said that it has ordered investigations to identify hideouts of the insurgents in the state.

Itam assured members of the public in Anambra that the Police Command, would continue to serve the people selflessly and would protect the sources of its information from harm. (NAN)

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