Imo State Commander of the Eastern Security Network was allegedly the mastermind behind the attacks on the Police Command Headquarters and Nigerian Prison facilities in Owerri

Senator Hope Uzodinma, the governor of Imo State, has made some disclosures about the recent attacks in Imo State by unknown gunmen.

It should be remembered that the state has been under siege for some time by unidentified gunmen believed to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra’s (IPOB) Eastern Security Network (ESN).

It is no longer news that Ikonso Don, the Imo State Commander of the Eastern Security Network, was allegedly the mastermind behind the attacks on the Police Command Headquarters and Nigerian Prison facilities in Owerri, which resulted in his assassination by government security operatives.

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Since then, many have speculated that the men of the Eastern Security Network may have been behind a series of attacks on state security forces.


Senator Hope Uzodinma, the State Governor, spoke to Channels TV today in Owerri after a Sunday service at the Government House Chaplaincy and announced that over 400 people involved in the attacks have been arrested and are awaiting trial in court.

He went on to say that the fact that more than 70% of them are not Igbos is a plus. He also said that anyone attempting to target Imo State again would be crushed by his government, maintaining that the government cannot surrender to blackmailers, hoodlums, or violent perpetrators.

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It should be recalled that the Governor recently alleged that oppositions in the state are behind attacks, insisting that they are the ones sponsoring the Hoodlums to make the State ungovernable for him. With this recent revelation, we may begin to wonder if this is to say that the Unknown Gunmen terrorizing the state are no longer members of the Eastern Security Network as they claimed initially.

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