By Chioma Iruke
Imo State Police Command says it has killed leader of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) the paramilitary organisation of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)
The command while making this known in a press statement, did not disclose the identity of the ‘neutralised’ ESN leader.
It however, stated that arms and ammunition, and other items were allegedly recovered from the suspects’ camp.
The Police statement reads: “Sequel to credible information by the command’s intelligence unit, revealing that some bandits suspected to be IPOB/ESN terror groups were seen mobilising to attack police formations and government installations in the state from their camp located at Akata in Oru East LGA of Imo State.
“The Commissioner of Police, Imo State Command, immediately, dispatched the command’s Special Forces and tactical teams led by the officer in charge of Operation Restore Peace, ACP EVANS E. SHEM to go and dislodge the bandits as a proactive measure to nip their planned attack in the bud.
“On approaching the terror camp, the teams were attacked by the terror groups. Save for the Armoured Personnel Carriers and sophisticated weapons used by the police, the bandits were overwhelmed and they scampered for safety into the bush.
“The head of the group and others were neutralised during the attack.
“On searching the camp and the surrounding bushes, the following items were recovered namely; Three (3) Improvised Explosives Devices (I.E.D), Two (2) Pump Action Guns, Nine (9) Cartridges, One (1) Locally Made Pistol and One (1) Toyota Highlander SUV vehicle with registration number IMO DFB 535 LC and were taken to the station.”