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  • Updated: June 18, 2024

Anambra police arrest four ESN militants

Anambra police arrest four ESN militants

The Anambra State Command has announced that its operatives, in a joint security force operation on Monday, intercepted and arrested four suspected fighters of the Eastern Security Network, ESN.

Tochukwu Ikenga, the police spokesperson in Anambra revealed this in a statement on Tuesday.

According to the statement, the suspects were arrested in Ufuma, Orumba North Local Government Area of the state.

He added that one of the suspects confessed to being among the gunmen sent to enforce the May 30 sit-at-home order in the state.

The statement reads, “The police-led joint security force in Aguata on 17/6/2024 intercepted four suspected ESN militia in Ufuma, Orumba North, Anambra state.”

Ikenga noted that the arrest followed information received over time regarding planned attacks on security agents and innocent citizens by the group.

According to the statement, one of the suspects, identified as 32-year-old Maduabuchi Nwafor, also known as Omenkpo, is a native of Ufuma. 

“Nwafor had been identified as one of the native doctors preparing juju for the group, using his shrine for initiation ceremonies and as a meeting point for criminals.

“Also, one of the suspects' name withheld who is already assisting the police with information confessed to be one of the gunmen dispatched by the group to enforce illegal sit-at-home on May 30th, 2024.

“The Commissioner of Police CP Nnaghe Obono Itam, orders investigations to be widened and deepened to identify hideouts of the insurgents seeking to destabilize and truncate development in the state.

“He assures Ndi Anambra that the police command under his watch will continue to serve the people selflessly and will jealously protect the sources of its information to protect informers from harm,” the PPRO said.

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