Finally, Army Reacts, Denies Killing, Burning Houses in Imo Community

Finally, Army Reacts, Denies Killing, Burning Houses in Imo Community

  • The Nigerian Army has cleared the air regarding the incident around Izombe community of Oguta LGA, in Imo state
  • The Army explained that suspected members of IPOB carried out the attack that led to the destruction of properties and burning of houses in the state
  • The force maintained that the group often attack properties belonging to those they observed are working against them

Again, the Nigerian Army has denied any involvement relating to the attack that occurred in Izombe community of Oguta Local Government Area in Imo state.

The Punch reports that the Army explained on Monday, November 1, that suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), carried out the terrible attack on Friday, October 8.

According to the Director of Army Media Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, the group always attack properties of those whom they perceived to be against them.

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Nigerian Army denies killing, burning houses in Imo community
Governor Hope Uzodinma had earlier urged the Army to sheath its sword following an alleged invasion of the community. Photo credit: Hope Uzodimma
Source: Facebook

He said:

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“Following the recent unfortunate incident in Izombe Community of Oguta LGA in Imo State which was characterized by arson and wanton destruction of properties by members of the outlawed IPOB, It has become pertinent to state the facts of the matter and set the records straight for the benefit of the general public.
“At about 9 am on October 8, 2021, troops of Ex GOLDEN DAWN Sector B received a distress call regarding the criminal activities of one Chukwunonso Iherue, a convict who was among the escapees from the Owerri Correctional Centre on April 5 2021.
“Iherue was armed with a pistol and was threatening, intimidating and inciting persons in the Izombe community to support the proscribed IPOB terrorist group.
“It is on record that late Chukwunonso Iherue masterminded the attack on Izombe Divisional Police Headquarters on May 14, 2021, during which four of his gang members were neutralized. Similarly, he masterminded the attack on the same Police Divisional Headquarters on August 13, 2021, where three policemen paid the supreme price.”

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Nwachukwu added that on Friday, October 1, 2021, Iherue and his gang members were seen parading Izombe community, flying the Biafra insignia while threatening and instilling fear in the people, thereby creating tension in the area, noting that troops therefore kept a close watch and had been on his trail.

12 terrorists, bandits leaders killed so far in 2021

Meanwhile, had earlier reported though the fight against terrorism is far from over in Nigeria, some positive developments have been witnessed in the current year.

So far in 2021, at least 12 terrorists/bandits leaders have lost their lives even as the security forces continue to intensify the war against the criminal elements tormenting the nation.

Here is the list of terrorist leaders that so far died in the year 2021. The piece is based on a statement from the Nigerian military and reports from various news media.

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Earlier, amid the battle against insurgency across the north, the Nigerian Army is collaborating with the Russian government for the acquisition of military equipment.

This was revealed on Friday, October 15, by Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Yahaya Faruk on Thursday, October 14, at the Army's Abuja headquarters during a courtesy visit of the Russian Ambassador to Nigeria, Alexey Shebarshin.

In a Facebook post shared by the spokesman of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu, COAS Faruk solicited the support of the foreign government in the provision of sophisticated equipment to assist the fight against all forms of terrorism in the country.


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