- Four suspected Eastern Security Network/IPOB members have been gunned down by soldiers in Anambra state
- Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, director, army public relations made the announcement in a statement on Wednesday, February 9
- The deceased were said to have been led by Ejike who was enforcing the illegal imposed sit-at-home order in Ihiala town
Army spokesman Brig-Gen Onyema Nwachukwu confirmed the incident in a statement on Wednesday, February 9, The Punch reports.
According to Nwachukwu, the gunmen who were out enforcing the illegally imposed sit-at-home were killed after firing sporadically in and around a filling station at Ihiala town.
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Troops engage gunmen
The army director, army public relations went on to note that the troops launched out to the location to restore normalcy in response of a distress call, Vanguard added.
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The gallant troops neutralised the leader of the group, Ejike after a fight ensued.
Items said to have been recovered from the gang include one motorcycle, two pump action double barrel guns, 12 live cartridges and substances suspected to be cannabis amongst others.
“Sadly, one combat vehicle conveying troops was involved in an accident during the operation following a technical fault.
“One gallant officer and a soldier paid the supreme price in the accident, while two sustained injuries. The injured are currently responding to treatment at a military hospital."
IPOB are poorly educated children, not terrorists, says Rochas Okorocha
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that former governor of Imo state, Senator Rochas Okorocha stated that he sees members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as poorly educated children, not terrorists.
Okorocha made the comment on Thursday, February 3 while speaking to State House Correspondents shortly after a closed-door meeting with the President, Muhammadu Buhari.
“There was no need to have handled the IPOB matter the way it was handled. Today they have turned out to be terrorists. But for me, I don’t see them as terrorists. I see them as children who have not been properly educated on the happenings.”