Troops Kill Suspected IPOB Member, Arrest Fleeing Jos Prison Escapee In Enugu

The Department of State Security (DSS) Enugu State Command, in conjunction with troops of the Nigerian Army, have apprehended an escapee of the Jos jailbreak, Chimezie Chukwu, also known as Biggi.

According to the Army, Biggi, who was described as a drug peddler and gunrunner, was arrested over the weekend following a raid by the troops of Sector 1 of the Joint Task Force South East Operation UDO KA II on a suspected Eastern Security Network (ESN) hideout.

In a statement issued on Sunday by Lt.-Col. Jonah Unuakhalu, spokesperson for Joint Task Force Operation UDO KA II, the hideout was located in Ugbakwa Village in Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu State.

Unuakhalu said that the troops recovered six mobile phones, three mobile phone batteries, one Moniepoint POS and ATM card, two packs of substances suspected to be cannabis and a sum of N107,280.

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The statement partly reads: “Troops of Sector 4 deployed at Forward Operational Base in Okigwe, Imo State while on checkpoint duties spotted an identified IPOB/ESN member on a motorcycle.

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“When ordered by the troops to halt and alight from the motorcycle, he took to his heels in order to escape arrest. All efforts to stop him proved abortive forcing the troops to open fire and neutralised the suspect.

“Items recovered from him are, two live rounds of 7.62mm Special, One ITEL Mobile phone, One small bag containing charms, the sum of Two thousand three hundred naira only and One Qlink motorcycle.”

“Additionally, troops of Sector 5 of Operation UDO KA II acting on credible intelligence also conducted a raid operation on suspected IPOB/ESN camps at Ogbunka in Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra State.

“On arrival, the camp was already abandoned by the terrorist group. However, troops recovered three abandoned Sport Utility Vehicles, which are Two Toyota Highlanders and One Mercedes Benz ML 350 efforts ongoing to identify the owners of the vehicles.

“Joint Task Force Operation UDO KA II, therefore, calls on the law-abiding and good citizens of the Southeast region not to relent in providing timely, credible and reliable Information that will assist in ending this menace in the region.

“Operation UDO KA II will continue combating crime and criminality in accordance with the extant rules and regulations guiding its operations.”