Imo State Police Captures ESN Leader Ikechukwu Uba, Unraveling Network Links and Key Suspects in Recent Attacks

Arrest of Ikechukwu Uba and Associates

The Imo State Police Command made a significant breakthrough by apprehending Ikechukwu Uba, the alleged chief of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), in Oru West Local Government Area.

The operation was conducted by the Anti-Kidnapping Squad, led by CSP Oladimeji Odeyeyiwa, resulting in Uba’s arrest along with three other suspects on December 16.

Confessions and Revelations

According to the command’s spokesperson, Henry Okoye, Uba confessed to being a member of the ESN terrorist group, claiming authority over the Mgbidi axis.

Shockingly, he admitted to orchestrating attacks on Omuma Police Station, soldiers in Mgbidi, and Awo-Mmama. Moreover, he disclosed receiving funding from Simon Ekpa, based in Finland, to carry out terrorist activities in the state.

Further Arrests and Recovered Arms

The interrogations yielded valuable information leading to the arrest of HRH EZE Anozie Augustine Agbarambo, the Traditional Ruler of Isi Mgbidi, Emoha Mgbidi autonomous community.

During a search of his house, law enforcement found two locally made revolver long guns, one double barrel long gun, and 33 rounds of live cartridges. Investigations are ongoing, and the suspects will face legal proceedings upon completion.

Additional Arrest of Notorious Kidnapper

The statement by Henry Okoye also revealed the arrest of Sylvester Humble, a notorious kidnapper linked to the troubling cases in Nekekde and Ihiagwa in Imo State.

Humble admitted his involvement in the kidnapping ring that has been causing distress among the local population.

Enhanced Security Measures

Imo Police Commissioner Aboki Danjuma assured the public of increased security measures to ensure comprehensive policing throughout the state, particularly during and after the holiday season.

This commitment aimed to reassure citizens and mitigate potential threats.