- The operation took place in Ezioha Mgbowo
The Enugu police command has successfully taken down three criminals affiliated with the Indigenous People of Biafra/Eastern Security Network (IPOB/ESN).
The operation took place in Ezioha Mgbowo, located in the Awgu Local Government Area of the state.
During the operation, the police seized three pump-action guns, 10 machetes, and other items that suggested their involvement in illegal activities.
According to DSP Daniel Ndukwe, the command’s spokesperson, the criminals were apprehended at approximately 2:15 a.m. on Monday.
“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, busted the criminal hideout of IPOB/ESN subversive criminal elements.
“The criminal elements were already perfecting plans to enforce the illegal sit-at-home order in the state.
“Three of the hoodlums, who opened fire on the joint team upon sighting them, were neutralised, while several others escaped with severe degrees of gunshot wounds in the ensuing gunfight,” Mr Ndukwe said, noting that a search had begun for the fleeing hoodlums.
Commissioner of Police Kanayo Uzuegbu expressed his appreciation to the joint team involved in the operation.
He assured the citizens of the state that their security and safety are a top priority and encouraged them to continue with their lawful activities.
The commissioner emphasized the unwavering dedication of the police and other security forces in their mission to combat persistent violent criminals, regardless of the disguises they might employ.