Police Operatives Raid IPOB/ESN Criminal Hideout In Enugu

….. Neutralize two in a Gun duel

.,… Recover AK-47 Rifle, SMG, PAG, Ammunition, and other exhibits

Police operatives of the Command serving in Anti-Cultism Tactical Squad, today, March 30, 2024, at about 2:30 a.m., carried out an intelligence-guided raid of a suspected IPOB/ESN outlawed criminal hideout in Akwuke community of Enugu South Local Government Area, in pursuance of the Easter proactive and crime prevention strategies devised by the Commissioner of Police, Enugu State Command, CP Kanayo Uzuegbu.

In a statement on Saturday, 30th March 2024 signed by the Enugu State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, said that the Operatives were, however, met with resistance from the renegades, who opened fire upon sighting them, but they were subdued by the superior firepower of the Operatives.

“Two (2) of the criminal elements were neutralized, while others escaped with varying degrees of gunshot wounds. One (1) AK-47 rifle, one (1) submachine gun (SMG), one (1) stainless pump-action gun (PAG), and twenty (27) live and twenty (23) expended rounds of 7.62 mm calibre ammunition were recovered after the raid. Also recovered are five (5) live cartridges, and a small blue-coloured Gideon New Testament bible used to conceal objects suspected to be charms.

According to DSP Ndukwe, a preliminary investigation reveals that the breech number of the recovered AK-47 was wiped off and that the criminal elements are responsible for several attacks and carting away of police officers rifles, as the rifle’s magazine bore the Nigeria Police Force colour.

He further said that discreet investigations are ongoing.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, while the Operatives for the operational feat, has reaffirmed the Command’s unwavering commitment to rid Enugu State of unrepentant criminals

He, however, solicits the continued support of the citizenry, while urging them and owners of medical facilities, in particular, to report persons found with gunshot wounds to the Police.