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  • Updated: June 13, 2024

Police raid IPOB/ESN camp, neutralize two members

Police raid IPOB/ESN camp, neutralize two members

Police in Enugu State have conducted a raid on a camp belonging to the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, and Eastern Security Network, ESN, in a forest located in Igbo-Etiti Local Government Area. 

During the operation, two members of the outlawed group were neutralized.

According to DSP Daniel Ndukwe, the state's police public relations officer, the raid took place around 2 a.m. on Wednesday, in collaboration with the Neighborhood Watch Group.

It was prompted by intelligence reports detailing the group's activities in the forest and surrounding areas. Upon encountering the operatives, the criminal elements within the camp opened fire.

“However, the police operatives returned fire at a superior level, forcing the criminals to escape with varying degrees of gunshot wounds.

“Thereafter, two of the fleeing suspects’ lifeless bodies were discovered and recovered in the forest.

“Police also recovered one AK-47 rifle, four magazines loaded with a total of 75 live 7.62 mm calibre ammunition and one Beretta pistol loaded with eight live 0.9 mm calibre ammunition.

“Further recovered were: one KC Sanya and Honda Today, lady’s motorcycles, one GTB ATM card, a cash sum of N2,600 and several raw food items. The manhunt for others on the run is ongoing,” he said.

Ndukwe said that preliminary investigations suggested that the group was responsible for numerous heinous crimes in Nsukka area of the state, including the recent attack and murder of police and other security personnel.

He said that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Kanayo Uzuegbu, commended the team for the success of the operation.

The spokesman said that the commissioner called on owners of medical outfits and the public to quickly report individuals sighted with gunshot wounds to the police.

“The commissioner further directs Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) and Heads of Tactical Squads to remain steadfast and ensure that they further identify hideouts and hunt down die-hard criminal elements in their respective operational jurisdictions,” he said.

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