Army neutralizes suspected IPOB, ESN members, recovers weapons in Anambra
Troops from the Joint Task Force South East, Operation UDO KA II, killed no fewer than four suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its militant wing, the Eastern Security Network (ESN)
According to a statement published and made available to journalists on Sunday by Acting Deputy Director Army Public Relations, 82 Division Nigerian Army, Jonah Unuakhalu, the operation took place on Thursday along the Orsumoghu-Ukpor route in Anambra State.
According to the statement, the daredevil gunmen ambushed the forces with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) before the officers engaged them in a fire battle, which resulted in the deaths of the four agitators.
Unuakhalu stated that during the gunfight, the forces used superior firepower to thwart the ambush and neutralize one member of the IPOB gang.
He stated that three more bodies of criminal elements who perished as a result of gunshot wounds were recovered during the conflict.
According to the statement, two AK-47 weapons were discovered at the scene of the firefight, and some of the offenders retreated into surrounding bushes with varying degrees of bullet injuries.
“The Joint Task Force South East Operation UDO KA II wishes to reassure the good people of the South-East of its unwavering resolve and commitment to restoring lasting peace in the region as it will not relent in the fight to end the security challenges in the region.
“The Task Force, therefore, calls on law-abiding and good citizens of the Southeast region not to relent in providing timely, credible, and reliable information which will lead to ending the menace of insecurity occasioned by activities of the irredentist group in the region.
“Operation UDO KA II will continue combating crime and criminality in accordance with the extant rules and regulations guiding its operations”, the statement added.