- A member of IPOB/ESN carrying out arson has been eliminated by Nigerian troops in Oru East LGA of Imo state
- However, personnel of the army also lost his life in the battle where troops dispersed some IPOB members setting properties ablaze
- Major Abubakar Abdullahi, the acting deputy director army public relations 82 Division, confirmed this a statement
Oru East, Imo - A member of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and one gallant soldier were on Monday, November 22, killed during a gun battle in Oru East local government area of Imo state.
The acting deputy director of army public relations 82 Division Nigerian Army, Major Abubakar Abdullahi, said the incident took place when troops conducting Exercise GOLDEN DAWN dispersed some IPOB members who were setting properties ablaze.
Abdullahi in a statement shared on the army's Facebook page on Tuesday, November 23, stated that IPOB/ESN hoodlums were enforcing the illegitimate sit-at-home order imposed by the proscribed group at Awo-Mmamma community.
Troops engage hoodlums
According to him, IPOB/ESN criminals indulged in harassment, intimidation of commuters going about their businesses in the quest to compel citizens to comply with the unlawful order.
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The criminals went further to carry out arson and destruction of businesses, homes and vehicles in areas including Ishieke junction (along Owerri-Onitsha expressway) and towards Onitsha as a vendetta against the citizens for not complying.
Vigilant troops responding to distress calls swiftly moved to the scene and engaged the hoodlums in a firefight forcing them to scamper in different directions.
The 82 Division spokesman noted that a member of the group was neutralised in the shootout, adding that a gallant soldier paid the supreme prize after troops pursued the hoodlums to their hideout in Akatta Community.
IPOB/ESN in trouble as gallant troops raid their hideout
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that troops of the Joint Security Team raided a suspected Indigenous People of Biafra/Eastern Security Network (IPOB/ESN) hideout located in Mgbowo, Awgu local government area.
According to the Army in a statement made available on its Facebook page, during the night operation, two ring leaders of IPOB/ ESN were arrested.
It said the suspects are currently undergoing interrogation with a security agency.
Source: Legit.ng News