Police authorities in Anambra State have dismantled and arrested suspects who hide under the cover of Eastern Security Network (ESN) to send threat messages to residents of Anambra State so as to extort money from them.
This was disclosed in a statement made by the spokesman of the command in Anambra, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga.
Ikenga in the statement noted that the suspects had sent text messages to their victim identifying themselves as members of ESN and demanding that he paid them a huge sum or else he and his daughter would be abducted and killed.
Part of the statement reads, “Police in Ozubulu and Umunze towns in Anambra State have dismantled two deadly syndicates extorting money from unsuspecting members of the public via deadly threats.
“At Umunze, Orumba South LGA Headquarters two suspects were nabbed after painstaking investigation.
“The suspects had sent text messages to their victim identifying themselves as members of ESN and demanding that he paid them a huge sum or else he and his daughter would be kidnapped and killed.
“Both suspects are now cooling their feet in detention and would be arraigned in court soon.
“In a similar development the Police at Ozubulu, Headquarters of Ekwusigo LGA arrested one male suspect who used two different lines to issue deadly threats to a businessman. He claimed to be an ESN Commander and ordered his victim to pay up or be killed.
“Meticulous investigation employing technology and human assets led detectives to his hideout where he was arrested and both sims recovered. He was taken into custody and is to be arraigned in court.
“The Commissioner of Police, Anambra State Police Command, CP Aderemi Adeoye, has commended both DPOs for their diligence and painstaking effort which led to unravelling the identities of the crime suspects and apprehending them.
“He assured that Command Headquarters will continue to motivate its personnel across the State for optimum performance.”