Defence & Security

Police arrest IPOB/ESN commander, uncover massive bomb factory


Ebonyi State Police Command has arrested the State Commander of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB/ESN) Sunday Ubah.

Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chris Anyanwu, disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen in Abakaliki on Thursday.

According to Anyanwu, the hoodlums were tracked down and pursued along Agba-Isu road on Wednesday, December 14, 2022.

ESN Commander in Ebonyi State was arrested by the Police on Thursday. He further disclosed that many police operatives sustained minor bullet injuries while two of the hoodlums were neutralized and others escaped with serious degrees of bullet injuries.

“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 credible information gathered that the hoodlums were operating/wreaking havoc in the state with a Toyota Sienna space bus which they robbed at gunpoint from the owner within Ishielu axis.

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“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 the houses/residences of the Commander and others. “Search warrants executed and the following massive incriminating exhibits recovered.

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