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Police arrests wanted IPOB leader terrorizing Imo communities

By News Desk

The Imo police command has disclosed that it has arrested a wanted alleged leader of Eastern Security Network (ESN), the armed group of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), terrorizing residents across the state.

It said that the 38-year-old suspect, Chidebere Nwuzor, has been on its wanted list for many crimes committed in the state.

The command’s spokesman, ASP Henry Okoye, stated that Nwuzor, who hails from Amauzu in Aboh Mbaise Local Government in Imo, was arrested by operatives of the command’s anti-kidnapping unit following “a diligently gathered actionable intelligence.”

“The suspected terrorist has been on the command’s wanted list due to a series of terrorist activities he reputedly perpetrated in the state alongside his criminal cohorts.

“He was arrested on April 8, 2024, in his criminal hideout in Umuogu after a fierce gunfight with the ever-gallant operatives, which forced him to surrender after sustaining gunshot injuries on his right leg,” Okoye added.

The police spokesman said one pump action gun with six rounds of live cartridges, one Barrera pistol loaded with two rounds of live ammunition, and other incriminating items were recovered from the suspect.

He said on interrogation, the suspect confessed to being a member of the deadly IPOB/ESN syndicate responsible for enforcing the unlawful sit-at-home order in the state and unleashing mayhem on unsuspecting citizens.

The spokesman stated that the suspect was recruited into the “terrorist” group by Ebube Virus and Ishaka, who were earlier neutralized by the operatives in December 2023.

He added, “The suspect admitted that he drove the operation vehicle that was used in the attack that led to the killing of the DPO of Ahaizu Mbaise and an Inspector of Police in November 2023.

“The suspect is currently assisting the determined operatives in the investigation, and he has provided useful information that will lead to the arrest of other suspects at large.”

Okoye assured that the suspect would be prosecuted after a full investigation.

“This operational feat amongst many others underscores the command’s unalloyed determination to put an end to all forms of violent crimes in the state.

“The commissioner of police, CP Aboki Danjuma, assures the good people of Imo that the command will not relent in its unwavering commitment to clamp down on criminally minded elements in the state,” he added

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