Breaking: Tension as 5 IPOB Militants are Allegedly Gunned Down in Southeast

Breaking: Tension as 5 IPOB Militants are Allegedly Gunned Down in Southeast

  • No fewer than five members of the Indigenous People of Biafra were feared dead in Arochukwu local government area of Abia state
  • According to reports, the outlawed group who stormed the community to the enforce “sit-at-home” order exchanged gunfire with soldiers
  • Recall that IPOB had announced a sit-at-home to protest the arrest and detention of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu

A report by Daily Trust indicates that at least five members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) lost their lives when they engaged in a gun duel with soldiers in Abia state.

The newspaper citing security sources confirmed that the outlawed group stormed Arochukwu local government area to the enforce “sit-at-home” order it declared.

Nigerian troops
Security operatives battled members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Abia state. Photo credit: ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP
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It was gathered that IPOB militants exchanged gunfire with soldiers on arriving the First Bank axis of the town creating tension around the palace of Eze Aro of Abia state.

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The security source said five members of the group bowed to the superior firepower of the troops as residents scuttled into nearby bushes upon hearing gunshots.

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The Sun also confirmed security operatives battlin IPOB members on Thursday, October 21, after the outlawed group told residents to remain indoors on days that its leader would be arraigned in court.

A source said IPOB members marched the streets in a jubilant mood when they found out that Nnamdi Kanu is alive, contrary to reports about the safety of the separatist leader.

Nnamdi Kanu appears in Versace as ex-governor, British envoy arrive for IPOB leader’s trial

Earlier, the embattled leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, appeared at the Federal High Court in Abuja for his trial in a white Versace outfit.

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Nnamdi is to stand trial for a lot of charges bordering on terrorism and inciting national unrest. Some dignitaries on Thursday, October 21, arrived at court in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Among those who were seen around the premises of the court were a former governor of Anambra, Chukwuemeka Ezeife, and a British envoy.

Nnamdi Kanu reacts to 7-count charge of terrorism as IPOB leader appears in court

In a related development, the leader of the proscribed IPO, has been re-arraigned at the Federal High Court in Abuja on treasonable felony and terrorism charges.

Recall that the federal government recently amended the charges against him raising them to seven counts.

The court session commenced at 10am on Thursday, October 21. When the charges were read to him, the IPOB leader pleaded not guilty.


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