Just In: We have Arrested ex Soldier Who Trains ESN Operatives — Police Says As They Rejoice

The police have arrested a dismissed army lance corporal allegedly responsible for training and recruiting people into the Eastern Security Network (ESN), the vigilante arm of the pro-Biafra group, IPOB.
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According to PremiumTimes, the 32 years old dismissed soldier, whose name was given as Livinus Owalum-Barnabas, was arrested on Sunday, at Gwagwalada Area Council of the Abuja by men of the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT).

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The ex-soldier was said to have been recruited by some members of IPOB in Abuja and sent to train newly recruited ESN in two of their training Camps in Abia and Delta States.

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

He also Reportedly confessed to have trained at least 2,000 members of the ESN on combat operations, ambush and use of firearms, in the two camps between September to December last year.

According to PremiumTimes, the suspect told security operatives he was engaged by one ‘Mr Ebere’ who paid him N100,000 before he proceeded to Abia State.

He said Mr Ebere was later arrested alongside 14 other suspected members of the group who were using a Church premises for their meetings where they raised money to be sent to the South-east for buying of ammunition.