Nigeria: ESN 'Native Doctor' in Police Net - Official

The suspect, Benneth Okoli, 49, was arrested in his shrine at Akuma in Oru East LGA of Imo.

The police in Imo have arrested the alleged Eastern Security Network (ESN) 'native doctor' with Improvised Explosive Device (IED).

This was contained in a statement by the Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro and signed by the command's Spokesman, Mike Abattam in Owerri.

"After a diligent forensic and technical intelligence gathering, the suspect, Benneth Okoli, 49, was arrested in his shrine at Akuma in Oru East LGA of Imo.

"On searching the shrine, one locally made IED, charms and weed suspected to be cannabis were recovered.

"The suspect on interrogation, made useful statements and is currently assisting the police to arrest the rest of his gang, presently on the run."

"The arrest is coming a few days after bandits had an encounter with the police in the area.

"Sequel to the attack on the Omuma Police Station in Oru East by bandits suspected to be the remnants of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and ESN terror groups, the CP dispatched the command's tactical teams led by ACP Benjamin Osuji.

"The team was directed to carry out discreet investigation and arrest the bandits involved in the attack of the police station.

He said that the CP commended the gallantry displayed by the officers and men of the command, urging them to sustain the tempo.

"He also thanked the people of Imo for their support and solicited for an all society approach to sustaining the already improved security architecture in the state.

Police formations and some public buildings had come under intense attacks of recent in Imo by men suspected to be operatives of the Eastern Security Network(ESN), although the leadership of ESN continues to deny any complicity in the attacks.

The ESN is the militant wing of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB), whose separatist leader, Nnamdi Kanu, was recently re-arrested and brought back to the country to face allegations of treason, among others, levelled against him by the Nigerian government.

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