- Serious allegations have been laid against the members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Eastern Security Network
- The members of IPOB and ESN were accused of planting explosive devices on some community roads in Imo state
- According to the Army, the whole location and the IEDs have been successfully cleared as residents can go about their normal activities
The Nigerian Army on Monday, December 6, said it prevented what could have been a dangerous blow in some communities in Imo state.
A statement signed by the Army spokesperson and seen by Legit.ng said troops of Exercise Golden Dawn Sector 3 prevented attempts by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Eastern Security Network to unleash mayhem in Mgbidi and Awommama communities in the state.
Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu in the statement said the troops compelled members of the group targeting residents who refused to comply with their sit-at-home to withdraw in disarray.
Nwachukwu noted that these members of the groups mounted on two Sienna vehicles and a Toyota Hilux to abandon their mission as the troops came into the area.
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He said the troops are currently on the trial of the group members who were proscribed by the federal government.
Explosive devices planted on Imo roads
In addition, the troops under the same operation discovered four improvised explosive devices allegedly planted by members of the IPOB and ESN.
Nwachukwu said the group members in a desperate effort to inflict harm on motorists and road users in the community and state at large planted the devices along Orlu-Owerri Road.
"The vigilant troops, who were on a reinforcement mission to Mgbidi/Awommama detected the IEDs planted at about 15 meters apart on both sides of the road and safely defused them. No casualty was recorded during the defusion."
Also recovered in the location were, four wraps of unexploded ordnances, one motorcycle battery, two-vehicle alarm devices, one detonator, wires and batteries.
He added that the said road has since been cleared for motorists to resume their activities.
The Army further called on residents of the communities to continue with their daily activities while ignoring the sit-at-home order imposed on them by the IPOB.
Nwachukwu also called on residents of the affected communities to report any suspected movement or persons to the relevant security agencies.
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The chief of army staff, Farouk Yahaya, made the plea during the budget defence before the Senate Committee on Army.
Yahaya said the army had proposed N710bn for the 2022 fiscal year, but the finance ministry reduced it to N579bn.