THE Eastern Security Network – ESN, receive financial backing from their supporters abroad, one of the members has confessed.
Stanley Osinachi, the only surviving suspected member of the IPOB/ESN that attacked Owerri on Sunday, who made the declaration, also told police that Aguleri native doctors in Anambra State prepare charms for the criminals.
Five of his gang members, including their leader, Dragon – an ex-soldier, were killed during an exchange of gunfire with security agents.
“It our people from abroad that send money to us through Dragon, it is dragon that will go and collect the money and bring it for our feeding and other of our needs,” Osinachi said at the Imo police command in Owerri, where he was paraded along the lifeless members of the group.
“Dragon recruited me by calling me on phone to join the Eastern Security Network, ESN, I was recruited for the past three days. Even when I wanted to leave he said he would kill me. Our camp is at Akabo in Ikeduru local government area, that is where we normally operate from and plan for our operation and Dragon told us that part of our plan is to be killing and burning police stations.”
“Dragon tell us to kill police people and collect their guns for us to use it for operation. We even kidnapped a police woman officer, and kept her in our custody so that she will be given us information.”
According to police, ‘’the attackers who came in a white hummer bus, wanted to access the Command Headquarters through Works Layout around Alvan Nursery and Primary School Owerri but had a bloody fight with the security forces. They were first Intercepted by the Military at the outer perimeter cordon provided for the Police. Five hoodlums were killed in action, including Joseph Uka Nnachi alias King of Dragons.
“Four AK 47 Rifles with 2000 rounds of live ammunition and large number of explosives were recovered from the scene. The Rifles breech numbers were crossed checked and found to be the same Police Rifles that were stolen by the hoodlums from our Police station at Omuma on 31st May, 2021 which claimed the lives of four Policemen,” Police said.