Angry mob lynched a suspected leader of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) on Monday while trying to enforce IPOB sit-at-home order alongside his gang members.
The Commissioner of Police in Imo, Rabiu Hussaini, confirmed the incident in a press statement signed by the police spokesman, Mike Abattam.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the ESN member was lynched while his gang members fled before the police patrol team could arrive at the scene.
He added that the police commissioner had instructed that those behind the lynching be handed over to the police for proper investigation.
Press statement by, Mr Abattam 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.
“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.
He 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 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.