The Nigerian army has reported to have arrested one Godwin Nnamdi, a suspected leader of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) the armed wing of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). They claimed that he was arrested by troops of 82 Division of the Nigerian Army in Enugu in conjunction with other security agencies.
In the statement, the Nigerian army stated that a notorious leader of the ESN was nabbed in Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu state during a clearance operation in the area. The army spokesperson said ammunition was also recovered from the ESN camp.
According to statement from the Army spokesman; “Troops of 82 Division of Nigerian Army in conjunction with other security agencies while conducting Exercise Golden Dawn have arrested one Godwin Nnamdi, a notorious leader of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), the armed wing of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu state,” the statement reads.
“The IPOB leader was arrested during joint clearance operations at a camp suspected to be the fortress of ESN located at Akpowfu Forest in Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu State on Saturday 25th December 2021.
“During the clearance operation, troops engaged them in a firefight compelling them to take to their heels, leading to the arrest of their leader. Troops recovered various items including one AK 47 rifle, one magazine containing 21 rounds of 7.62 mm Special, one handset, amongst others.
“The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya while commending troops for the successes recorded so far, charged them to comb and clear all suspected hideouts of criminal elements in their Area of Responsibility.”
In November this year, some houses were set ablaze when soldiers invaded Imama, Mgbowo in Agwu Local Government Area of Enugu state. The soldiers were said to have been after a suspect known as Chocho who is believed to be a leader of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), the armed wing of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Earlier in April this year, the army said it had killed the deputy commander of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) identified as Ikonso. Meanwhile, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Commissioner of Police, Sunday Babaji, has ordered the arrest and probe of Police officers in a viral extortion video.
Spokesperson for the command, Josephine Adeh said the officers, who were on traffic duty along Area 11 where a young man, whose identity is yet to be identified, was intercepted and extorted, have been taken into custody and are currently under investigation towards unraveling facts surrounding the situation.
According to her, the Command wishes to call on anyone who has a way of reaching out to the young man in the video to avail the Command with his contact details or to relay a message of invitation to the Public Relations Office of the Command.
She said the CP, who received the news with shock, described the attitude of the officers as a discreditable conduct, an act unbecoming of Police Officers, and a total deviation from the core values of uprightness expected of Police officers,” she said.
Adeh stressed that the CP has stated that the act is unacceptable and will not be condoned in the command as there will be no delay in the administration of a commensurate disciplinary action against offenders.
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