- Security forces have been on the trail of IPOB/ESN members accused of attacking some police formations in the southeast region
- A spokesperson for the army, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, has narrated how some members of the proscribed group were shot dead in Imo
- The Nigerian Army urged citizens to support the effort of security forces towards combating security challenges in the southeast and the rest of the country
Owerri, Imo state - Troops of the Nigerian Army (NA) have reportedly shot dead a top operational commander of Eastern Security Network, the paramilitary organisation of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Owerri, the Imo state capital.
Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, the army's spokesperson, in a statement on Sunday, June 6, via Facebook disclosed the identity of the eliminated commander as Joseph Uka Nnachi alias King of Dragons.
Yerima stated that the troops assisted by the police special forces gunned down the King of Dragons along with four other members when an attack on the Imo state police command was repelled by security forces.
Army accuses Joseph Uka Nnachi of violent crimes
He said the late commander has spearheaded several heinous attacks on security forces in the southeast zone.
According to the army, some items recovered from the suspects include four AK-47 rifles, a Toyota Hiace Minibus as well as several assorted ammunition and charms.
Meanwhile, security operatives on Sunday, June 6 invaded the home of a lawyer for the IPOB, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, at Oraifite in Ekwusigo local government area of Anambra state.
According to the Punch newspaper, the operatives surrounded the secessionist group’s lawyer’s family house around 2.30am.
The chairman of the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, Emeka Umeagbalasi, has condemned the invasion.
The coordinator of the group, Hajia Hadiza Adamu, called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the National Assembly to urgently call for a referendum to allow those who want to secede to do so without any war.