Police neutralise IPOB/ESN suspect, recover firearm,others in Enugu

Police operatived have neutralized a man suspected to be a member of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) and Eastern Security Network (ESN) at Igbele village by Amachala Road in Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area in Enugu State.

Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Enugu state police command, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday. He said the feat was achieved during a gun duel between police operatives and the subversive criminals.

The police recovered: one pump action gun loaded with four live cartridges, three expended cartridges, objects suspected to be amulets and one black (inscribed “Special Constabulary”) and yellow-coloured beret from the neutralised suspect.

He said that the incident happened on Oct. 21, 2023, at about 10:45 p.m.

“In pursuance of the policing strategies devised by the state’s Commissioner of Police, CP Kanayo Uzuegbu, to rid the state of unrepentant criminals, police operatives serving in Igbo-Eze North Police Division; NPF Special Forces and Neighborhood Watch Group neutralised a suspected IPOB/ESN.

“The feat is consequent upon the operatives’ swift response to credible information on the wanton criminal activities of the renegades, who, in their numbers, blocked the road and opened fire on them.

“The police operatives, however, tactically returned fire at a superior level, leaving many other members of the subversive criminal group escaping with varying degrees of gunshot wounds,” he said

Ndukwe said the state’s police commissioner, Uzuegbu had commended the team for a job well done.

He said that the state police boss also reiterated the commitment of the Police Command to sustain the onslaught against unrepentant criminals in the state.

“The commissioner also entreats citizens of Enugu State to continue to support the police,” Ndukwe said.

Author: Maureen Ikpeama

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