- Four members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra have been killed by personnel of the Nigerian Army
- The Army also accused members of the proscribed group of attacking security operatives in the state
- Meanwhile, the Army also revealed that one of their officers was killed during gun duel with IPOB group
The Army said its troops had neutralised four armed members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra who attacked security operatives in Anambra state on Friday.
This is as the army accused the outlawed group of carrying out its recent attacks in order to create panic ahead of the November 6 governorship election in the state.
According to a statement by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, the armed IPOB members attacked security operatives attached to Ekwulobia Roundabout in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State and fled.
He added the troops went after the fleeing gunmen and engaged them in a gun duel. He however regretted that a security agent died.
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The statement titled, ‘Troops neutralise IPOB/ESN gunmen’ partly read, “Troops of 82 Division of the Nigerian Army conducting Exercise Golden Dawn have neutralised four gunmen of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra/Eastern Security Network in a fierce encounter at Nnobi Junction, Idemili South Local Government Area on Friday.
“This followed the assailants’ armed attack on personnel of security agencies deployed at Ekwulobia Roundabout in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State, during which troops swiftly mobilised to the scene and subsequently embarked on a pursuit of the criminals along Nnewi – Nnobi Road.
“Troops made contact with the fleeing gunmen and engaged them in a fierce fight, neutralising four of the criminals.”
Stop criticizing Buhari, Southeast governors beg Father Mbaka
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that governors from the southeast region have pleaded with the spiritual director of the Adoration Ministry in Enugu, Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka, to quit criticizing President Muhammadu Buhari.
It was reported that the governors led by their Ebonyi state colleague, David Umahi, urged the controversial cleric to desist from speaking ill about the president.
Umahi while speaking at the annual harvest, thanksgiving and bazaar ceremony of the Adoration Ministry in Enugu on Sunday, October 24, said efforts were being made to secure the release of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
Buhari considers state pardon for late Ken Saro-Wiwa, others
In another report, late environmentalist and activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa may be receiving a posthumous state pardon 26-years after his passing.
This was hinted at by President Muhammadu Buhari during a meeting with some Ogoni leaders at the Presidential Villa on Friday, October 22.
The president had met with the leaders and during their discussion, he described the events that led to the kill of Saro-Wiwa and the eight others - Saturday Dobee, Nordu Eawo, Daniel Gbooko, Paul Levera, Felix Nuate, Baribor Bera, Barinem Kiobel, and John Kpuine - as an unfortunate incident.