Nigerian troops arrest 20 suspected IPOB members, recover arms
- No fewer than 20 IPOB members have been arrested in Orlu local government area, Imo state
- The suspects made up of 16 men and 4 women were apprehended by troops of 82 Division Nigerian Army
- Col Aliyu Yusuf, the deputy director, army public relations made this known on Monday, February 22
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Following the presence of the military in Orlu town, Imo state, troops of 82 Division Nigerian Army arrested 20 people suspected to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Members of the group who were made up of 16 men and 4 women have all been handed over to the Nigerian Police Force by the army.
Vanguard reports that this was confirmed by Col Aliyu Yusuf, the deputy director, army public relations on Monday, February 22.
Yusuf in his address gave an update on major activities by the proscribed group in Orlu local government area, Imo state.
He added that the various operations progressed satisfactorily after the conduct of aggressive patrol.
Items and arms recovered from the IPOB training camps members during the raid in Imo and Anambra state include 1 AK47, 1 local-made pistol, 1 dane gun, 5 local cartridge ammo, 2 IPOB flags, 1 ESN flag, 1 IPOB signpost, and 1 gen BTY.
Others are 1 vehicle battery, 1 water pumping machine, 4 GD black belt, 1 military fragmental jacket, 1 mobile handset, I ladies motorcycle, 4 twine rope, and 1 chain saw.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that a joint military operation by the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force (NAF), and the police was launched against suspected members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) set up by IPOB in Imo state.
The 34 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Obinze confirmed that the offensive was being carried out in Orsu local government area of the state and its neighbouring communities.
A spokesperson for the brigade, Lieutenant Babatunde Zubairu, told the publication that the operation was launched following an intelligence report of the IPOB security network had established illegal camps in some areas.
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