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Police gun down 3 ESN fighters enforcing sit-at-home in Enugu

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Items recovered from IPOB/ESN camp in Enugu

A joint security team Task force, have eliminated three suspected members of the Eastern Security Network—ESN, the militia wing of the proscribed Indigenous People Of Biafra—IPOB, for allegedly attempting to enforce sit-at-home order in Enugu state.

A statement by the spokesman of the command in the state, Dan Ndukwe, revealed that the suspects were taken out at Ezioha Mgbowo community in Awgu local government area of the state during a gun duel on Monday.

He further disclosed that three pump-action guns, ten machetes, and other incriminating items were recovered from the rogue group while an intense manhunt for those on the run is ongoing.

Part of the statement reads, “At about 2.15 am today, September 18, 2023, a joint security team, comprising Police Operatives of the Enugu State Command, NPF Special Forces, and Troops of the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army Enugu, acting on credible intelligence, burst the criminal hideout of IPOB/ESN subversive criminal elements in Ezioha Mgbowo in Awgu Local Government Area, while they were perfecting plans to enforce the illegal sit-at-home order in the State.

“Three (3) of the hoodlums, who opened fire on the joint team upon sighting them, were neutralized, while several others escaped with severe degrees of gunshot wounds in the ensuing gunfight.

“Three (3) pump-action guns, ten (10) machetes, and other incriminating exhibits were recovered; while an intense manhunt for those on the run is ongoing.

“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Kanayo Uzuegbu, psc while commending the joint team, has reassured the security and safety of citizens as they go about their lawful businesses in the State.

“He reiterated the avowed commitment of the police and other security forces to sustain the onslaught against unrepentant violent criminals operating under any guise.

“CP Kanayo, therefore, enjoins all and sundry to report individuals sighted with gunshot wounds to the nearest Police Station, while remaining law-abiding and continue to provide the Police with actionable security information and intelligence.”


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