An operative of the Jap Safety Community, the militant arm of the Indigenous Folks of Biafra has been arrested by the police, who narrated how he and different members broke into the Imo State Police Command and the Imo State Correctional facility in Owerri, the state capital.
SaharaReporters learnt that the suspect, who gave his title solely as Andy, alias Japan, was arrested within the Orsu Native Authorities Space of Imo State, and confessed to have participated within the April 5 invasion of the 2 authorities buildings within the state capital.
In a video recording of his confession, Andy mentioned he and others had been conveyed in a bus earlier than daybreak as they invaded the correctional centre. He famous that he and others broke the home windows of the correctional facility because the inmates ran out.
He mentioned, “My title is Andy alias Japan. I come from Orsu LGA. I joined the ESN about three years in the past. I participated within the assault on the police headquarters and jail.
“I adopted. We did it due to a few of our members who had been within the jail. We went to rescue them. I don’t know anybody of the inmates. I used to be not armed; I used to be solely carrying an enormous stick. I entered the jail. I broke the home windows and glasses. I joined the ESN as a result of they had been freedom fighters. We’re in search of freedom.
“Our bus was the one which first handed. I solely heard that they killed troopers. I used to be in a small bus; we picked one other man on the highway. As I’m now, I do know I’ve offended, however the authorities ought to free me. I’ve been dwelling in Igweocha (Rivers State). I’m married and I’ve youngsters. They (ESN) don’t pay me one naira. They don’t pay something. When Biafra comes, they’ll care for us and our youngsters.”
SaharaReporters had on Tuesday, April 20, reported that safety personnel stormed some Imo State communities to hold out raids, discreet searches and arrests of youths and residents who’re suspected to be linked to the Indigenous Folks of Biafra and its army arm, the Jap Safety Community.
A number of sources had informed SaharaReporters that the army personnel, suspected to be led by the 34 Artillery Brigade, Owerri, since Sunday had been arresting male residents and youths notably in Oguta and Ohaji communities and clamping them into vans.
Imo State has been a hotbed of violence and killings which received to a head on April 5, when the infamous gunmen attacked the state police command headquarters, and freed no fewer than 2,000 inmates on the headquarters of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Owerri.
The gunmen had additionally attacked the workplace of the State Prison Investigation Division of the state police command, liberating suspects there.
The attackers had burnt all of the automobiles parked on the command headquarters and freed all of the suspects in nearly all of the cells on the SCID.
SaharaReporters had reported that the gunmen operated in over 10 automobiles, and likewise attacked troopers stationed at Umuorji alongside Owerri–Onitsha Expressway.
Earlier, 4 police divisional headquarters had been attacked since February. They embrace Obowo, Aboh Mbaise and Ihitte/Uboma, divisions.
Unknown gunmen on March 20 additionally razed the Isiala Mbano Police Divisional Headquarters positioned at Umuelemai in Imo State.
The gunmen had invaded the divisional headquarters armoury and freed suspects within the detention facility and carted away arms.
Whereas some had fingered the IPOB and ESN because the culprits, the state authorities had mentioned the gunmen had been being utilized by aggrieved politicians, whereas the IPOB has additionally denied its involvement within the assaults.
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