Richard Ginika Izuora
The Imo State Police Command, has confirmed the killing of alleged leader of the Eastern Security Network, ESN, by a mob on Monday, September 20, 2021.
The deceased was attacked by the mob while trying to enforce a sit-at-home order alongside his gang members.
The Commissioner of Police in Imo, Mr Rabiu Hussaini, confirmed this via a press statement signed by the Commands spokesman, CSP Mike Abattam.
According to the statement, before Police patrol team could arrive the scene; the ESN member had been lynched, while his gang members fled.
The Commissioner has also directed for proper investigation of the incident.
Abattam said residents of Umuagbavo Oru Ahiara in Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo came out of their houses and were going about their lawful businesses.
According to him, “Suddenly, one Obinwanne Iwu, 34 years, a native of Ahiara in the same local government area; who is an escapee of Imo Correctional Centre, Owerri, went to the market with his gang; trying to enforce a sit-at-home order of the proscribed IPOB/ESN terror group.
“They were shouting at the top of their voices that `today is Monday and everybody must obey the sit at home order,’’ he said.
He explained that perhaps the people were angered by the harassment and resisted the gang and in their numbers held Iwu; tied his hands behind his back while others fled the scene. In the process, the suspect was mercilessly beaten to death before the Police patrol team arrived at the scene.
“Efforts made by the Police patrol team to arrest the perpetrators proved abortive as they all fled the scene on sighting the patrol team,’’ Abattam stated.