The Ebonyi State Police Command said on Monday that it had stormed the Eastern Security Network’s (ESN) main camp in Isu, Onicha LGA, and ejected suspected criminals.
The state Commissioner of Police, who spoke to journalists in Abakaliki through the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chris Anyanwu, said the suspected offenders were apprehended thanks to the combined efforts of security agencies, including the police, DSS, and military.
He further stated that the command apprehended two well-known local physicians from Okpera Osege in the state’s Ndufu Echara Ikwo LGA, Itumo Edeh Omukwor, 63, and Irem Ogbeji Nwaduma, 50.
Anyanwu went on to say that the accused local physicians were detained in connection with the continuous attacks on police formations/personnel and government buildings, as well as prepping their comrades with charms before embarking on such heinous acts.
He said that the hoodlums assaulted and killed a police officer from the Ebonyi State Police Command, whose identity he would not provide.
He said: “A joint operation of the Ebonyi State Police Command Tactical Operation Teams, the Military and DSS embarked on an operation to dislodge criminals hibernating at a camp at Isu Onicha.
“This was sequel to an attack on a Police patrol team yesterday evening during which an Police officer was murdered in cold blood by the hoodlums.
“While surveying the one-way route into the camp, the combined security forces were ambushed by the hoodlums who rained sporadic bullet shots in their direction.
“In a swift and spontaneous response, the joint team engaged the hoodlums in a counter-firing that lasted over 30 minutes and neutralized them.
“As a result of the superior fire power of the joint team, some of the hoodlums with bullet-wounds scampered for escape in different directions. The team later combed the bush and recovered two AK-47 rifles with a few rounds of their ammunition and three corpses of the assailants.
“The team made their way to the main enclave of the miscreants and after a thorough ransacking, recovered more exhibits,” he said.
Items recovered from the suspects include; one AK-49 rifle breech number 1984-AM1196, one AK-47 rifle breech number 1971-DF2726, one AR rifle with illegible breech number, 147 rounds of AR ammunition, 38 rounds of AK-47 ammunition, one locally fabricated double-barrelled pistol.
Also, two walkie-talkie sets and their chargers, two charm-like substances,one hospital card, one Diamond Bank ATM card, two National ID cards, and one Techno phone battery and other incriminating items.
“Two of the criminals were fatally wounded and were confirmed dead at the hospital,” he stated.
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