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Imo mob lynches alleged ESN member trying to enforce sit-at-home order

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An angry mob lynched an alleged leader of the proscribed Eastern Security Network, ESN, on Monday while trying to enforce a sit-at-home order alongside his gang members.

Commissioner of Police in Imo, Rabiu Hussaini, confirmed the incident in a statement by the command spokesman, Mike Abattam.

“Suddenly, one Obinwanne Iwu, 34 years, a native of Ahiara in the same local government area who is an escapee of Imo Correctional Centre, Owerri, went to the market with his gang trying to enforce a sit-at-home order of the proscribed IPOB/ESN terror group.

“They were shouting at the top of their voices that ‘today is Monday and everybody must obey the sit at home order’,” he said.

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Mr Abattam, a chief superintendent of police, added that the harassment did not go down well with the people who resisted the gang.

He said the angry mob in their numbers held Mr Iwu, tied his hands behind his back while others fled the scene.

In the process, the suspect was mercilessly beaten to death before the police patrol team arrived at the scene.

“Efforts made by the police patrol team to arrest the perpetrators proved abortive as they all fled the scene on sighting the patrol team,” Mr Abattam stated.

He stated that before police patrol team could arrive at the scene, the ESN member had been lynched, while his gang members fled.

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Mr Abattam added that the commissioner had directed that the lynching suspects must be arrested and handed over to the police for proper investigation.

He said residents of Umuagbavo Oru Ahiara in Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo came out of their houses and were going about their lawful businesses.

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