From Chijioke Agwu,Abakaliki
Police in Ebonyi State on Thursday announced the arrest of a suspected Eastern Security Network (ESN) commander, Sunday Mbah.
Police Public Relations Officer for the command, Chris Anyanwu, in a statement on Thursday said the suspect was arrested during a raid at a thick forest in Isu area of the state.
He disclosed that the command recovered stolen arms, vehicles and uniforms of departed officers during the operation.
“Ebonyi State Police Command has again swooped on one of the biggest and most notorious Camps of the IPOB/ESN located at Obegu, a boundary area between Onicha-Isu and Ishielu LGAs of Ebonyi State.
“The invasion of the criminals’ den was necessitated by an earlier encounter between operatives of the Command’s Tactical Teams, sequel to a credible information gathered that the hoodlums were operating/wreaking havoc in the State with a Toyota Sienna space bus which they robbed at gun point from the owner within Ishielu axis.
“A quick trail and joint effort with a team of detectives attached to Ohaukwu Division led to the arrest of Sunday Ubah a.k.a Bongo, the State Commander of the IPOB/ESN in Ebonyi State. The miscreant who gave revealing pieces of information about the activities and modus operandi of the criminals, initially claimed that he is their PRO and native of Umunnochi in Isuikwuato LGA, Abia State. However, a scrupulous investigation aided by his antecedents/profile with the Police Command proved that he is a native of Obegu, Onicha LGA of Ebonyi State and indeed the factional Commander of the outfit in Obegu.
“During the gun duel that ensued while the hoodlums were tracked down and pursued along Agba-Isu road on Wednesday 14/12/2022, a couple of Police operatives sustained minor bullet injuries while two of the hoodlums were neutralized, one (the Commander) apprehended while others escaped with various degrees of bullet injuries.
“As a follow-up, a joint team of the Command’s Tactical Teams, the Military and DSS, armed with credible information courtesy of the suspect, swooped on swooped on the houses/residences of the Commander and others. Search Warrants executed and the following massive incriminating exhibits recovered:thirty (30) pieces of IEDs using safety fuses primed in non-electric initiator/detonator, sixty-three (63) wraps of Super power 90mm gelatin, four long-range riot gunners, 124 smoke cartridges, four police uniforms belonging to slain Policemen,assorted military/police boots,
– Military camouflage uniforms,and a defaced/hand-painted Toyota Sienna space bus” he said