Nigerian Army Killed IPOB/ESN Insurgents In Anambra State
Four gunmen from the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra/Eastern Security Network (IPOB/ESN) were murdered in a clash with Nigerian troops in Nnobi, Anambra State, per the Nigerian Army.
Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, the Nigerian army’s spokesman, released a statement in Abuja on Saturday.
The gunmen were defeated in a heavy gunfight with troops from the Nigerian Army’s 82 Division, which was conducting operations in the South-East, at Nnobi Junction, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra, on Friday, according to Nwachukwu.
He claimed the attackers had previously attacked security personnel stationed at Ekwulobia Roundabout in Anambra’s Aguata Local Government Area.
He claimed the attackers had previously attacked security personnel stationed at Ekwulobia Roundabout in Anambra State’s Aguata Local Government Area.
He went on to say that troops were quickly dispatched to the location and that the culprits were pursued along the Nnewi-Nnobi route.
According to him, forces caught up with the fleeing militants and engaged them in a firefight, killing four of them.
“Two AK-47 rifles, one GALIL Ace 5.56 x 45 Iwi gun, one Baofeng Handheld radio, and one Black Highlander jeep were also retrieved by the valiant troops.”
“Unfortunately, one of the security services’ personnel paid the ultimate price,” he stated.
In another operation, the army prevented another attack by IPOB/ESN gunmen at Umunze Checkpoint in the state’s Orumba South Local Government Area, according to Mr. Nwachukwu.
In the ensuing battle, he added, the watchful troops overcame the invaders, forcing them to flee, abandoning one Pump Action pistol with nine ammunition, a Ford truck, and four motorcycles.
According to him, the current attacks are part of a proscribed IPOB/ESN conspiracy to sow terror in the public and disrupt the upcoming governorship election in Anambra State.
Any incriminating evidence should be reported to the closest security post, he said. The police and other security forces will not relent in their pursuit of criminals, he added.