Three alleged members of IPOB and its militant branch, the Eastern Security Network, have been neutralised by the Enugu State Police Command in their hideouts in Ezioha Mgbowo in the Awgu Local Government Area.
Three pump-action firearms, ten machetes, and other incriminating items were also found by police agents.
The thieves were apprehended at around 2:15 am on Monday, according to a statement released by the command’s spokesperson, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, in Enugu.
According to reliable intelligence, a joint security force made up of Enugu State Command police officers, NPF Special Forces, and troops from the 82nd Division of the Nigerian Army in Enugu raided the IPOB/ESN subversive criminal members’ hideaway.
“The criminal elements were already working on how to carry out the state’s illegitimate sit-at-home edict.
When the united team was spotted, three of the thugs opened fire on them. Three of them were killed in the subsequent battle, while numerous more managed to flee with serious bullet wounds.
For those who are running, there has been a vigorous manhunt, according to Ndukwe.
Kanayo Uzuegbu, the state’s commissioner of police, complimented the combined team while assuring people of their protection and safety and urging them to do their legal business in the state.
The commissioner reaffirmed the police’s and other security services’ sworn determination to continue the assault against violent, unrepentant criminals acting in any capacity.
Therefore, he urged everyone to report anyone they saw with gunshot wounds to the local police station.
He suggested that the law-abiding citizens of Enugu State continue to do so and to keep giving the police useful security and intelligence data.