Police Arrest ‘IPOB’s Eastern Security Network Commander’ In Anambra, Recover Six Rifles

The Anambra State Police Command has arrested a man who is allegedly a top member of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and also commands its militant wing, the Eastern Security Network (ESN).

The commander identified as Udebuan Sage Chubueze was arrested in Ekwukobia in the Aguata Local Government Area of the state on Saturday, October 30.

Chubueze was arrested in his house following a tip-off and was said to have sustained bullet wounds. 

Recall that there was a gun battle between security agents and some gunmen in Ekwulobia on Friday, October 29, with many of the gunmen escaping with bullet wounds.

IPOB, a pro-Biafra group, has been accused of being responsible for some of the attacks against the police in the South-East, but the group has denied any involvement.

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the group in December 2020 launched ESN to protect the people of the region from terrorists and bandits allegedly trooping in from the North.

The IPOB leader described the outfit as a replica of the Western Nigeria Security Network, also known as Amotekun, earlier launched by the South-West governors to curb insecurity in the region.

“The sole aim and objective of this newly formed security outfit known as Eastern Security Network are to halt every criminal activity and the terrorist attack on Biafraland,” Kanu had said.

“This outfit, which is a vigilante group like the Amotekun in the South-West and the Miyetti Allah security outfit, will ensure the safety of our forests and farmland, which terrorists have converted into slaughter grounds and raping fields.”

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