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Troops nab prison escapee in Enugu, eliminate ESN fighter


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Troops of Sector 1 of the Joint Task Force South East Operation UDO KA II on Friday 20 October 2023 in collaboration with the Department of State Security Enugu State Command, arrested one Mr Chimezie Chukwu aka Biggi, a prison escapee during a clearance operation in Enugu State.

Biggie who escaped from Jos prison was nabbed in the hideout of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), located in Ugbakwa Village in Nkanu East local government area of Enugu State.

He is also known for drug peddling, gunrunning, and also a specialist in armed robbery.

The army, in a statement signed by Lt Colonel Jonah Unuakhalu for Joint Task Force Operation, said the items recovered from him include six mobile phones, three mobile phone batteries, one Moniepoint POS and ATM card, two packs of substances suspected to be cannabis and the sum of N107,280

Also, troops of Sector 4 deployed at Forward Operational Base in Okigwe, Imo State while on checkpoint duties said it spotted an identified ESN member on a motorcycle. When ordered by the troops to halt and alight from the motorcycle, he took to his heels in order to escape arrest.

All efforts according Unuakhalu, to stop him proved abortive which however, forced the troops to open fire and neutralized the suspect. Two live rounds of 7.62mm Special, One ITEL Mobile phone, One small bag containing charms, the sum of Two thousand three hundred naira only and One Qlink motorcycle were recovered from him.

Furthermore, Unuakhalu disclosed that troops of Sector 5 of Operation UDO KA II acting on credible intelligence also conducted a raid operations to suspected ESN camps at Ogbunka in Orumba South local government area of Anambra State.

On arrival, the camp was already abandoned by the terrorist group. Troops recovered three abandoned Sport Utility Vehicles which are Two Toyota Highlander and One Mercedes Benz ML 350 efforts ongoing to identify the owners of the vehicles.

“Joint Task Force Operation UDO KA II therefore, call on the law abiding and good citizens of the South-East region not to relent in providing timely, credible and reliable Information that will assist in ending this menace in the region.

“Operation UDO KA II will continue combating crime and criminality in accordance with the extant rules and regulations guiding its operations.”


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