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Imo: Police arrest suspected ESN member, recover arms


The Imo State Police Command has arrested one Obumneke Gabriel from Umueli Amaraku in Isiala-Mbano LGA of the state suspected to be a member of the Eastern Security Network (ESN).

According to a press release signed by the state Police Public Relations Officer, Michael Abattam, the suspect was arrested along Owerri-Umuahia road while the men of the command were on ‘stop and search’ operation.

The release said, “following a tip off received by the command that some of the remnants of ESN/IPOB members are seen roving around, after the recent decimation of their camps, the Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro, immediately directed the Operation Search and Flush team, who embarked on a vigorous search.

“The team, while conducting the search, arrested one Obumneke who was in transit.

“After interrogation, he confessed to being a member of ESN.

“The search was carried out in collaboration with men of NDLEA,” it said.

Items recovered from the suspect include a locally-made double barrel pistol loaded with ten rounds of cartridges and two expended cartridges.

The statement added that the investigation is ongoing, stating the command’s determination to neutralize all terror groups in the state.

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