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Police Burst IPOB/ESN Camp, Recover Explosive Devices In Imo

The Imo State police command on Tuesday said that it’s men dislodged a camp of Eastern Security Network located at Ubah Agwa / Izombe tropical forest in the Oguta Local Government Area of the state.

A statement issued by the spokesperson for the police in the state, Henry Okoye, disclosed that three Automatic Pump Action guns, Thirty-One (31) rounds of live cartridges, Fifty Nine (59) rounds of AK 47 ammunition, one Police hand grenade, IPOB/ESN insignia, blue and black colour Police uniforms, P-Cap, Police belt, military camouflage uniforms, one black colour tiger 150 motorcycle, one red Daylong Motorcycle, One black KYMCO motorcycle, one Sliver Color Honda Lady’s Motorcycle, one black travelling bag ‘Akubuokwu’ and phone number 07035470794, suspected to belong to a kidnapped or armed robbery victim were recovered during the operation.

The statement read “acting on diligently gathered actionable intelligence that members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its militia affiliate (ESN), whose modus operandi is gorilla-like operation, that is, they unleash surprise terror attack and go into hiding in their criminal hideout, have once again reassembled and formed a camp at Ubah Agwa/Izombe tropical rain Forest in Oguta LGA of Imo State, strategizing how to perpetrate another dreadful crime, operatives of the Command’s Tactical teams swiftly swung into action, tactically maneuvered their way into the identified criminal hideout and raided it.

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“The hoodlums on sighting the Police Operatives engaged them in a fierce gun duel but were overpowered by the superior fire power of the operatives who professionally took vantage position and returned fire forcing them to flee with various degrees of gunshot injuries. Concerted effort is on top gear to arrest the fleeing suspects.

“On searching the dislodged terrorist camp and shrine, Three (3) Automatic Pump Action guns, Thirty-One (31) rounds of live cartridges, Fifty Nine (59) rounds of AK 47 ammunition, one Police hand grenade, IPOB/ESN insignia, blue and black colour Police uniforms, P-Cap, Police belt, military camouflage uniforms, one black colour tiger 150 motorcycle, one red Daylong Motorcycle, One black KYMCO motorcycle, one Sliver Color Honda Lady’s Motorcycle, one black travelling bag ‘Akubuokwu’ and phone number 07035470794, suspected to belong to a kidnapped or armed robbery victim were recovered.

The commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde psc(+), while commending the officers and men for their gallantry, ordered operatives of the command to continually raid criminal hideouts and mop up illicit firearms. He thanked Imolites for their unalloyed support and assured them of the Command’s commitment in wiping out crime and criminality in the State.

“The well-meaning residents of the state are encouraged to be wary of persons living within their neighborhoods and to report any person seen with or treating bullet wounds to the nearest Police station or via the Command’s emergency numbers 0803773600 or 08098880197.”

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