- Troops of the Nigerian Army have neutralized four suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)
- The Nigerian Army said the suspected IPOB members opened fire on its troops who were on patrol in the area, adding that the troops eventually overpowered
- The soldiers also recovered from the suspected IPOB members one pump action gun, 10 live cartridges, one Hilux truck
This was disclosed in a statement on Monday, May 16, by the director of Army public relations, Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu.
The Army said the suspected IPOB members opened fire on its troops who were on patrol in the area, adding that the troops overpowered them afterward.
The statement read in part:
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“Troops of the 34 Brigade Obinze have neutralised four members of the Indigenous People of Biafra and its armed wing, Eastern Security Network, in a fierce encounter that ensued at Amaifeke and Ihioma in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State.
“The terrorists were taken out today, Monday, May 16, 2022, while shooting sporadically, threatening lives and property of innocent citizens.
“The irate dissidents opened fire on sighting the patrol team, who were out to ensure safety and security of lives and property of citizens.
“The vigilant troops engaged the criminals and neutralised four of them, while others succumbed to the superior firepower of the troops and escaped from the scene."
The Army said its troops also recovered from the suspected IPOB members one pump action gun, 10 live cartridges, one Hilux truck.
It was stated that the Hilux truck was reportedly snatched at gunpoint by the suspected IPOB members.
Gunmen murdered Army couple in front of bride’s 10-year-old daughter, mum, says relative
Meanwhile, a family member has shed more light into the circumstances surrounding the murder of Gloria Matthew and Linus Audu, an army couple who were slain in Imo state.
The family member whose identity was withheld said the couple was attacked by four armed persons in a place close to the Orlu local government area of the state.
“Audu is from southern Kaduna but he lives in Makurdi. Gloria is based in Sokoto. They arrived in Lagos from Kaduna on the 26th of April to pick up Gloria’s mum so that they can travel together for the traditional marriage rites," the source stated.