An alleged ESN Member has named Andy, a.k.a. Japan, who was arrested in the Orsu Local Government Area of Imo State, has confessed to have participated in Imo prison break.
The suspect claims that he was part of the group of alleged Eastern Security Network (ESN) members that broke into the Imo State Police Command and the Imo State Correctional facility in Owerri, the state capital on April 5, 2021.
“My name is Andy alias Japan. I come from Orsu LGA. I joined the ESN about three years ago. I participated in the attack on the police headquarters and prison.
“I followed. We did it because of some of our members who were in the prison. We went to rescue them. I don’t know anyone of the inmates. I was not armed; I was only carrying a big stick. I entered the prison. I broke the windows and glasses. I joined the ESN because they were freedom fighters. We are looking for freedom.
“Our bus was the one which first passed. I only heard that they killed soldiers. I was in a small bus; we picked another guy on the road. As I am now, I know I have offended, but the government should free me. I have been living in Igweocha (Rivers State). I am married and I have children. They (ESN) don’t pay me one naira. They don’t pay anything. When Biafra comes, they will take care of us and our children.”
Meanwhile, most people are of the opinion that this alleged confession was an attempt to potray the IPOB as a violent organisation.