Operatives of Imo State Police Command have arrested one of the notorious and vicious IPOB/ESN Commander, a deserter from the Nigerian Army, Lance Corporal Nwangwu Chiwendu aka “Onyearmy” (male), a native of Amaohuru Nguru in Aboh Mbaise LGA of Imo State, who has been on the Command’s wanted list and was being trailed for a long time.

The suspect, whose modus operandi is gorilla-like operation, that is, he unleashed surprise terror attack and goes into hiding in neighbouring States was arrested, on December 23, 2022, at about 1030 hours in his hometown, Amahohuru Nguru in Aboh Mbaise LGA.

The suspect sat on a vantage position while his members were on surveillance when the operatives arrived, on sighting the police operatives, they took to their heels, engaging the Operatives in a shoot-out, using the crowd as a shield. The gallant Police Operatives, retaliated, professionally and tactically to avoid bullets hitting innocent persons in the crowd. He was later arrested after a long chase alongside two of his gang members with bullet injuries while others escaped.

Meanwhile, he did not sustain any bullet injury; this he attributed to the charms worn all over his body.

 Five (5) Pump Action guns;

Two (2) cut to size double barrel guns;

Four (4) locally-made pistols, Fifty (50) rounds of live cartridges; Nine (9) locally made hand-grenades; ESN regalia, and various charms and rings were confiscated by the operatives.

The terror Kingpin confessed to having enlisted into the Nigerian Army in 2013, where he was trained as an engineer and became an expert in weapons handling and servicing of all heavy automatic weapons. He rose to the rank of Lance Corporal before he deserted the Army and joined the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its arm affiliate, Eastern Security Network (ESN) through one Ebubechukwu and became the operational commander and chief trainer of the outlawed group where he claimed to have trained over one thousand members in weaponry and terror attack in their Camp located in Ogbotoukwu, a forest, in Obowu LGA of Imo State. 

He further confessed to have participated and led in several vicious killings of Security personnel, attacks on INEC offices, burning of Police stations, murder of innocent people, armed robbery/kidnapping, terrorism and narrated how on 30th May 2021, they murdered the late Armed Gulak, the former political adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan. 

He confessed that he led the operation and they double-crossed and stopped the Toyota Camry Taxi car that was taking him and his friend to the airport and ordered them to come down, shot him but the bullet did not penetrate his body, so he went to him removed the rings on his right fingers, shot and killed him along airport road. 

He further confessed how he led the recent killing of the Labour Party Senatorial candidate, burning of his house and Jeep, how he kidnapped one Jude Nwahiri on the 4th of November 2021, collected ransom of 21 million naira after killing four persons in the residence of the victim at Amaohuru Nguru in Aboh Mbaise LGA, Imo State.

He confessed how he and his gang murdered the traditional ruler of Amaohuru Nguru Aboh Mbaise LGA, Imo state HRH Eze Anthony Anyanwu on December 10, 2021.

He also stated how he murdered a native doctor in Amaohuru Nguru, Uzodimma Ahaiwe on 25 December 2021, murdered one Ugochukwu Olewuike aka Taco; the youth leader of Amaohuru Nguru Aboh Mbaise LGA Imo State.

He also murdered one Krubo native of Obohia in Ahiazu Mbaise, He killed one Police Inspector and Police Sergeant at Aboh Mbaise Police Station the day his terrorist gang attacked and burnt the police station.

He led the attack at Ezinihitte Mbaise Police Station, Ahiazu Mbaise Police Station, Otoko Police Station Obowo, Ihite Uboma Police Station, Enyiogugu Police Station in Aboh Mbaise LGA.

Other heinous activities of the terror kingpin include;

the attack/murder of onion truck driver along Mbaise Road, the attack on INEC office in Ihite Uboma LGA Imo State where he killed two INEC staff, the attack on INEC office Owerri along Owerri/Port Harcourt Road where he killed two police officers, the attack on Mbano Vigilante Group where he killed three of the vigilantes, the abduction of the white men on road construction along Umunna Okigwe road where he killed the mobile officer and soldier on guard duty, the attack on Umuna Okigwe Police Station where he killed one Asp Danjuma and Inspector Ebi Utom, and also stole their service riffles.

The suspect was among the terrorist members that attacked Owerri Correctional Center and State CID Owerri on 05 April 2021, and many others.


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