The Ebonyi State Police Command said on Monday that it had invaded the main camp of the Eastern Security Network, ESN, located in the Isu community in Onicha LGA of the state and dislodged suspected criminals.
The state police commissioner, who spoke to reporters in Abakaliki through Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, SP Chris Anyanwu, said the suspected criminals were rooted out through efforts spouses of security guards; the police, the DSS and the military.
He revealed that the command had also arrested two notorious native doctors; Itumo Edeh Omukwor, 63, and Irem Ogbeji Nwaduma, 50, from Okpera Osege in Ndufu Echara Ikwo State LGA.
Anyanwu further noted that the alleged indigenous doctors were arrested in connection with the relentless attacks on police formations/personnel and government establishments, as well as grooming their cohorts with charms during such despicable attacks.
He said the thugs attacked and killed a police officer attached to the Ebonyi State Police Command, whose name has not yet been identified.
He said: “A joint operation of Tactical Operations Teams from Ebonyi State Police Command, Army and DSS has embarked on an operation to root out the hibernating criminals in a camp at Isu Onicha.
“This was in the aftermath of an attack on a police patrol team last night in which a policeman was coldly murdered by the thugs.
“While guarding the one-way road to the camp, the Combined Security Forces were ambushed by the thugs who rained sporadic bullets in their direction.
“In a quick and spontaneous response, the joint team engaged the thugs in a counterfire that lasted over 30 minutes and neutralized them.
“Due to the joint team’s superior firepower, some of the bullet-wounded thugs rushed to escape in different directions. The team then combed the bush and recovered two AK-47 rifles with a few cartridges of their ammunition and three corpses of the assailants.
“The team traveled to the main miscreant enclave and, after a thorough ransack, recovered further exhibits,” he said.
Items recovered from suspects include; an AK-49 rifle bolt number 1984-AM1196, an AK-47 rifle bolt number 1971-DF2726, an AR rifle with an illegible bolt number, 147 rounds of AR ammunition, 38 rounds of AK-47 ammunition, one to locally made double barrel pistol.
Also, two sets of walkie-talkies and their chargers, two charm-type substances, a hospital card, a Diamond Bank ATM card, two national ID cards and a Techno phone battery and other items incriminating.
“Two of the criminals were fatally injured and confirmed dead in hospital,” he said.
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