Four Suspected IPOB/ESN Members Killed In Ebonyi, Hand Grenades Recovered

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The Ebonyi State Police Command has said its tactical team has killed “four members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB and Eastern Security Network ESN, during a shootout.”

Thirteen military hand grenades suspected to have been fabricated in Russia among other items were recovered. Briefing newsmen in Abakaliki, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Chris Anyanwu said that men of the tactical team swooped on the hoodlums in the camp at Umuleje Amaeze, Nkalaha in Ishielu Local Government Area of the State.

SP Anyanwu said that one of the suspects arrested earlier, led the team to the hideout in a very thick forest, noting that there is a lot of IPOB/ESN camps within and around the State. The hoodlums who sighted the first set of the operatives opened fire on them.

But the tactical team had cordoned off the area and in the ensuring gun battle the hoodlums were overwhelmed by police superior fire power. Two of the hoodlums had fatal bullet injury, two were neutralized on the spot, one was arrested while others ran into different directions.

He noted that the day the men of the command invaded the hideout of the hoodlums was the market day of the community, noting that some of the hoodlums who ran into different directions went into the market and were shooting sporadically and looting the goods of the traders in the community.

SP Anyanwu maintained that the youths of the village in collaboration with the Vigilante apprehended one of the hoodlums whom they were calling Unknown Gunman and handed him over to the police.

He said that men of the team destroyed the camps of the hoodlums and recovered items they use in unleashing mayhem on the people. Items recovered from the camp includes, 13 Military hand grenade suspected to have been fabricated in Russia.

Others includes 210 electrical detonators, 2 Luxus 300 Jeeps, 5 motorcycles of different makes, 2 pump actions, many single barrel guns, many ammunition of AK 47 and GPNG and about 30 military uniform. SP Anyanwu said that other items are IPOB uniforms, Biafran flag, 6 bags of Indian hemp and many others.

The Police Public Relations Officer said that the hoodlums also engaged in the sale of arms stolen from police formations during attack. He added that youths of warring communities also take arms acquired illegally to the hoodlums which they use to carry out their evil plans.

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