- The Nigerian Armed Forces say they have arrested one Obinna Nwite, who they say is a secretary of IPOB
- Nwite was said to have been arrested with arms, ammunition and a register containing IPOB members name
- The military says the IPOB official has since been handed over to prosecuting agencies to face the law
The Nigerian Military on Thursday, November 25 announced that it has arrested the secretary of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Obinna Nwite.
This was announced at a press briefing on Thursday, November 24 by the acting director, Defence Media Operations, Brigadier-General Bernard Onyeuko.
Brigadier-General Onyeuko said:
‘’IPOB/ESN elements activities in the southeast drastically reduced in recent times.
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"However, pockets of incidents were recorded in some locations at; Oru-West LGA of Imo state and Ebonyi LGA of Ebonyi state.
Onyeuko said the troops responded to distress calls and carried out raid operations on some IPOB enclaves within the period in focus.
Recoveries made by the troops of the Nigerians military
"During some of these operations, troops arrested one of the IPOB secretaries, Mr Obinna Nwite and recovered four pistols, three long barrel guns, 18 rounds of assorted ammunition and minutes of meeting book, containing some names of IPOB members."
"The arrested IPOB/ESN militia and all recovered items have been handed over to appropriate prosecuting agencies for further action."
Soldiers, IPOB/ESN in a gun battle in Imo state
Major Abubakar Abdullahi, the acting deputy director of army public relations 82 Division while confirming the incident said personnel lost his life during the attack by IPOB/ESN members.
Abdullahi said some property in the communities was destroyed in the gunbattle which occurred on Monday, November 22.
Governor Hope Uzodinma reacts to soldiers/IPOB/ESN chaos
Uzodinma also ordered an investigation into the incident while promising to help with the loss of the community.
The directive by the governor was made known to the public on Wednesday, November 24, after government officials led by the chief of staff, Barr. Nnamdi Anyaehi paid a visit to the area