IPOB Commander Allegedly Funded by Simon Ekpa Arrested by Police Operatives

Police officers attached to Imo State Command jave arrested a commander of the Indigenous People of Biafra armed affiliate, the Eastern Security Network, Ikechukwu Uba, in the state.

The police, in a release signed by the spokesperson, Henry Okoye, on Thursday, said that the operatives of the command’s anti-kidnapping squad led by CSP Oladimeji Odeyeyiwa stormed the hideout of the suspects and arrested him and three others.

According to the police, their diligently gathered actionable intelligence on the deadly IPOB/ESN terrorist commander led to his arrest and that of three other suspects.

The statement said, “On interrogation, the suspect confessed to being a member of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) terrorist group, commanding Mgbidi axis and stated further that he masterminded the attacks on Omuma Police Station and soldiers at Mgbidi and Awo-Mmama, narrating further that he received funding from the Finland-based Simon Ekpa to carry out terrorist attacks in the state.

“The suspects provided useful information to the determined operatives that led to the arrest of one of their alleged sponsors, HRH Eze Anozie Augustine Agbarambo ‘m’, 51 years, the Traditional Ruler of Isi Mgbidi, Emoha Mgbidi autonomous community.

Two locally made revolver long guns, one double barrel long gun, and 33 rounds of live Cartridges were recovered from his house during an intense search. Investigation is in progress and the suspects will be arraigned in court upon completion of a diligent investigation.”

In another development, operatives of Nekede Divisional Headquarters, while on intelligence-led surveillance patrol on December 10, 2023, arrested a suspected kidnapper named, Sylvester Humble, of Umuoma Nekede, searched and recovered one locally made pistol in his possession.

“In the course of the investigation, the suspect admitted to being a member of a notorious kidnapping syndicate terrorising the residents of Nekede and Ihiagwa in Imo State and volunteered useful information that will assist the Police in the arrest of his cohorts at large,” the statement added.

The command stressed that the suspect will be arraigned upon completion of a comprehensive investigation.

The Commissioner of Police, Imo State, CP Aboki Danjuma while appreciating the gallant operatives for sustained efforts in achieving this operational feat, charged them to sustain the tempo in the fight against all forms of crime and criminality in the State.

The CP assured the people of Imo State that the Command has placed enhanced proactive security strategies that will ensure the entire length and breadth of the State is adequately policed during and after the yuletide season.