Suspects making bombs for ESN arrested: police

Imo Police Command said it arrested suspected Eastern Security Network (ESN) member Simeon Onigbo, 50, on suspicion of making bombs for the group.

According to a police statement, Police Commissioner Mohammed Barde said the suspect had confessed to the crime and promised to reveal the hideouts of the terror group.

Police accused Mr. Onigbo of making the locally made bombs used to attack police divisions and other government facilities in Imo.

According to the statement, on April 20, the command received credible intelligence on the hideout where alleged ESN members were manufacturing improvised explosive devices (IEDs) used to attack police stations and government facilities in Imo.

The Commissioner of Police added that the members of the force immediately mobilized to the hideout, located at Uba Umuaka in Njaba LGA of Imo and raided the camp.

“During the raid, a 50-year-old Simeon Onigbo was arrested. The suspect admitted to being the maker of most (IEDs) used to attack police stations in and out of state,” Barde said.

During the search of the hideout, items recovered include an IED, 58 pieces of Cannon steel pipe, two chisels, a Monday hammer, a bag of potassium nitrate and substances suspected to be sulfur weighing 30 pounds .

Other items found were dry sand weighing 40 pounds, red sand weighing 10 pounds, gunpowder weighing 30 pounds, half a bag of charcoal, 30 electronic motorcycle batteries and seven lengths of iron rods from eight millimeters.

The police commissioner added that the command’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit took the recovered bomb for technical analysis and detonation.

He said an investigation is ongoing, adding that the suspect gave a helpful statement and also mentioned members of his out-of-state gangs who hang out with him.

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