Troops arrest dreaded ESN commander in Enugu
Troops under the command of Exercise GOLDEN DAWN III in conjunction with other sister security agencies based on credible intelligence report, arrested suspected commander of Eastern Security Network of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, Mr Uchechukwu Akpa in Enugu State.
A statement made by the military command said that Akpa and three others were apprehended in their hideout at Christ the King Catholic Church Ameta Mgbowo in Awgu local government area of the State
The statement said during the special operation, Akpa sustained a gunshot wound while trying to escape.
It added that 4 quantity of live cartridge were recovered from the suspects.
“Troops of Sector 1 Exercise GOLDEN DAWN III in conjunction with other security agencies following a credible intelligence report has on Wednesday 13 December 2023 apprehended a commander of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and it’s armed affiliate the Eastern Security Network (ESN) one Mr Uchechukwu Akpa and three others at their hideout at Christ the King Catholic Church Ameta Mgbowo in Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State.
“The arrest was made possible during a raid operation of their hideout while holding a meeting to take over the leadership of IPOB/ESN Auto Pilot Command Enugu State Chapter from apprehended former Commander Chocho and also planning to carry out attacks on own troops.
“During the raid, Mr Uchechukwu Akpa sustained a gunshot wound while trying to escape. Others arrested are; Udoka Anthony Ude, Ikechukwu Ulanta, and Ezennaya Udeigewere. While quantity 4 of live cartridge were recovered.
“It could be recalled that Mr Uchechukwu Akpa was the Second in Command to Chocho a notorious IPOB/ESN criminal who earlier escaped to Benue State due to the intensity of own operations and was recently arrested. The arrested criminals are presently in custody for further exploitation.
“In a follow up raid carried out at the early hours of today, Thursday 14 December 2023 at another hideout in Nenwe, Agwu Local Government Area of Enugu State, where the following were recovered, One AK 47 Rifle, Two AK 47 Magazine, 25 rounds of 7.62mm NATO special ammunition and one Pump action rifle.
“The GOC 82 Div Nigerian Army; Maj Gen HT Dada wishes to appreciate the incredible cooperation of other security agencies for the success of the operation. He wishes to enjoin the good people of the South East region to support and continually provide timely, reliable and credible information that will lead to the arrest of more unscrupulous elements through the Emergency Line 193.
“The Nigerian Army will continue to protect lives and property of the good people of the South East region as it carries out its constitutional roles within the ambit of the law. Wishing all happy yuletide season”, the statement reads.