By Chinonso Alozie, Owerri
The operatives of the Imo State Police Command on Wednesday said it has raided two terror camps, killed three suspected commanders of the Eastern Security Network, ESN, of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and arrested nine others in Okwudo, Umuorji in Naba and Oru West Local Government Areas in Imo State, respectively.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Micheal Abattam, who confirmed this to newsmen in Owerri, said the operation was carried out last Monday.
Narrating how the Police raided the camps, they said: “On 07/02/2022 at about 04:00 hours, after credible intelligence and surveillance of some identified camps of the terror groups in the state stormed in commando style, two identified terror Camps located in Okwudo in Naba LGA of Imo State and Umuorji Mgbidi in Oru West LGA of Imo State respectively, engaging the hoodlums in a fierce gun battle in a commandos styles successfully dislodged them due to their number and superior fire-power.”
On the names of the arrested suspects, Police said: “The hoodlums who suffered a heavy casualty in the process lost three of their members who and nine others e arrested with various degrees of bullet wounds, they are Ekene Abiaziem age 31 yeas m of Mgbidi, Emmanuel Nwabuea ze m age 58 years of Mgbidi, Ifeanyi Eze m age 38 years of Mgbdi, Izunna Chukwukezie, male, age 39 years of Okwudo, Ejike Onuabuike m age 44 years of Okwudo, Chukwuebuka Elvis Nkonta male age 27 years of Okwudo, Jerohm Amaiah m 33 years of Okwudo, Chukwuebuka Nwachuk, ale, ae 23 years of Okwudo and Chimobi Ogbonna m age 27 years of Awomama to the station.”
According to the command, some of the items recovered from the ESN camps include: “Three automatic Pump Action guns, Four Locally made Pistols, Twenty-One (21) Rounds of Live Cartridges, Four Locally Made Improvised Explosives Devices ( I.E.DS, Five Sharpened Cutlasses, Five Rounds of 7.62 mm Live AK47 Rifle Ammunition, Four Rounds of 5.56 mm Live Assault Rifle Ammunition, One Big Rubber Drum containing Substances suspected to be Indian hemp.
“Some Quantities of Ice Hard Drugs suspected to be Mkpurumiri, One Live Tortoise, Assorted Black Charms, Four Biafran Flags, Several BIAFRAN/MASSOB, suspected adds, Three Battle Axes 3, Four Biafran Berets and Assorted Phones,” Police said.
The police added: “The three Corpses were later deposited at Federal Medical Center Mortuary Owerri, lmo State.”
Photo: Some of the arrested suspects and lifeless bodies of those killed by police in Imo.