Police Arrest Ex-Soldier Who Trained 2000 ESN Militants

The police have arrested a former military lance corporal allegedly answerable for coaching and recruiting folks into the Japanese Safety Community (ESN), the safety arm of the proscribed Indigenous Individuals of Biafra.

In accordance with Premium Occasions, the ex-army officer, who was dismissed from service, was arrested just a few days after a high commander of the phobia group, Awurum Eze, was arrested in Aba, Abia State.

The group is alleged to have been answerable for the killing of safety brokers, assault on police and different public amenities within the South-East and South-South zones. IPOB has denied the allegations.

In accordance with sources, the 32-year-old dismissed soldier, whose identify was given as Livinus Owalum-Barnabas, was arrested on Sunday, at Gwagwalada Space Council of the FCT by males of the Inspector Normal of Police Intelligence Response Crew (IRT).

The ex-soldier was mentioned to have been recruited by some members of IPOB in Abuja and despatched to coach newly recruited IPOB/ESN in two of their coaching Camps in Abia and Delta States.

Upon his arrest, the suspect confessed to having been employed by the IPOB who promised to pay him double of what he was receiving within the military.

He additionally confessed to have educated a minimum of 2,000 members of the ESN on fight operations, ambush and use of firearms, within the two camps between final September and December.

The suspect advised safety operatives he was engaged by one ‘Mr Ebere’ who paid him N100,000 earlier than he proceeded to Abia State.

He mentioned Mr Ebere was later arrested alongside 14 different suspected members of the group who had been utilizing a Church premises for his or her conferences the place they raised cash to be despatched to the South-east for getting of ammunition.

Gadgets recovered from the ex-soldier had been receipts, listing of contributors, listing of members and oaths of allegiance to Biafra and Nnamdi Kanu.

There have been assaults on police stations, policemen and places of work of the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee within the South-East and South-South, which have been largely blamed on unknown gunmen.