Military berates IPOB attacks, frees abducted citizens
The military high command has denounced the attack on troops and other security personnel in Imo State.
Gunmen suspected of being Indigenous People of Biafra militants on Tuesday killed and burned ablaze soldiers, police officers, and members of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps in two patrol cars in the state’s Ehime Mbano Local Government Area.
According to a statement issued on Friday by the Director of Media Operations, Maj Gen Edward Buba, the troops and other security agents of Operation Search and Flush were attacked while responding to a distress call.
He said that troop efforts resulted in the rescue of kidnapped citizens, among other things.
Buba said, “Sadly, a joint patrol team of Operation Search And Flush suffered a setback when responding to a distress call in Ehime Mbano LGA of Imo State. They were ambushed by members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra and its armed affiliated Eastern Security Network.
Meanwhile, troops operations lead to the rescue of kidnapped hostages and others.”
He noted that other operations conducted by troops led to the destruction of IPOB camps in Abia State.
He added, “Overall, as of 22 September 2023, the armed forces neutralized 52 terrorists and arrested the following: 53 criminals, and seven suspected oil thefts while rescuing 61 kidnapped hostages. Additionally, a total of seven terrorists comprising five adult males, and one adult female surrendered to troops.”
He said that troops from Operation Delta Safe denied oil thieves an estimated sum of N946,387,570.00 in seizure value.