Enugu: Troops Arrest Prison Escapee & Neutralize ESN Member

ESN and Troops

Enugu, October 22, 2023 – A highly coordinated operation led by Troops of Sector 1 of the Joint Task Force South East Operation UDO KA II, in collaboration with the Department of State Services, Enugu State Command, resulted in the apprehension of Chimezie Chukwu, also known as Biggi.

Biggi had escaped from the Jos prison and was notorious for his involvement in drug peddling, gunrunning, and armed robbery. He was nabbed during a raid on a suspected hideout of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed affiliates, the Eastern Security Network (ESN), in Ugbakwa Village, Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu State.

The operation yielded significant results, with the recovery of six mobile phones, three mobile phone batteries, one Moniepoint POS, an ATM card, two packs of substances suspected to be cannabis, and N107,280 in cash. All these items, along with the suspect, are now in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) for further investigation.

In a separate operation, Troops of Sector 4 deployed at the Forward Operational Base in Okigwe, Imo State, encountered an identified IPOB/ESN member on a motorcycle during a routine checkpoint duty. The individual attempted to evade arrest and escape on his motorcycle when ordered to halt. Despite multiple warnings, he continued to flee, leading to the troops opening fire and neutralizing the suspect. Upon searching his belongings, the troops found two live rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition, an ITEL mobile phone, a small bag containing charms, a sum of Two thousand three hundred naira, and a Qlink motorcycle.

Additionally, Troops of Sector 5 of Operation UDO KA II acted on credible intelligence and conducted raid operations on suspected IPOB/ESN camps at Ogbunka in Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra State. However, upon arrival at the camp, it was discovered that the terrorist group had already abandoned it. Nonetheless, the troops recovered three abandoned Sport Utility Vehicles, comprising two Toyota Highlanders and one Mercedes Benz ML 350. Efforts are currently underway to identify the owners of these vehicles.

Operation UDO KA II remains committed to combating crime and criminality in strict accordance with the established rules and regulations governing its operations.