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Soldiers, Police Officers injure as Nigeria joint security operatives raid IPOB, ESN Camps In Anambra, Imo

by Akeem Adeyemi
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Nigeria Soldier, IPOB ESN

No fewer than five soldiers and two policemen have been reportedly injured during a joint security operation by the Nigerian Army of 82 Division, Nigeria Police and other security agencies, on hideouts and training camps of suspected IPOB/ESN members in Orsomoghu Forest, spanning Anambra and Imo States.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, The Director, of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, said the raid was part of ongoing operations to hinder enforcement of the illegal sit-at-home declared by Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed wing, Eastern Security Network (ESN).

Nwachukwu said the raid operation was carried out on Monday, July 31, 2023. “when troops were alerted to the violent activities of the irredentist group, enforcing the illegal 2 weeks sit-at-home order in Onitsha, Nnewi and Iheme Obosi in Anambra State, as well as New Market in Enugu State. 

“During the raid operations, the troops cleared IPOB camps in Ekeututu, Orsomoghu, Lilu and Mother Valley camps of the dissidents. Troops came in contact with the group’s armed fighters, who detonated Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) also known as Ogbunigwe and fired using locally fabricated mortar tube.

“The valiant troops, however, overpowered the irredentist group in the firefight, compelling them to abandon their position as they fled with gunshot wounds into nearby bushes. Further cordon and search of the hideouts by the troops, led to the arrest of five fleeing members of the group and recovery of one IPOB flag, one CCTV camera and 2 detonated IED bombs and a fabricated mortar tube.

“Sadly, five soldiers and two Nigeria Police operatives sustained varying degrees of injuries from the IED detonated by the criminals.”

The Army spokesman urged law-abiding citizens of the South East to keep supporting ongoing operations with actionable information and to disregard the unlawful 2 weeks sit-at-home order by going about their normal daily activities and businesses.

He affirmed that Nigerian Army’s synergy with sister services and security agencies, will undoubtedly continue to protect and safeguard lives and property of the good people of South East Nigeria, within the ambit of the law and the rules of engagement.

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