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Many killed as operatives raid IPOB members’ camp in Ebonyi

Troops of Nigerian Army attached to the 82 Division have killed scores of members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) during a gun…

Troops of Nigerian Army attached to the 82 Division have killed scores of members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) during a gun duel at Amagu village Nkalaha community, Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
The dissident group members were neutralized by the operatives of Nigerian Air Force, Nigeria Police and Department of State Services who were on Exercise GOLDEN DAWN II on Monday.
Army spokesman, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, who disclosed this to newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday, explained that some members of the group disturbing the peace of South East fled with gunshots during the joint operation.
He said, ”During the raid operations, the troops came in contact with members of the dissident group, resulting in exchange of fire. In the encounter, the gallant troops neutralized some of the irredentists, while others took to their heels abandoning the camp.”
Nwachukwu stated that the troops recovered 102 rounds of 7.62mm special, 2 pump-action guns, 5 locally-made rifles, 1 roll of  detonator 27, 33 electrical cables, 36 hand grenades and 12 bags of substances suspected to be Marijuana.
Other items recovered, according to the military officer, include: 3 motorcycles, 2 generators, 1 water pumping machine, military woodland camouflage and the Nigeria Police uniform.
Speaking further, he said in a separate operation on the same date, troops on routine patrol in Agubeji community in Enugu State arrested a suspect, one Mr Martins Abogwu, for conniving with IPOB/ESN elements to unleash attacks on innocent citizens.
According to him, the suspect, who claimed he was the chief security officer of the community was assisting in the preliminary investigations and had led troops to their camp, where a shallow grave containing two decomposing bodies were uncovered.
”One of the corpses has been identified as a member of the local vigilante, who was kidnapped about a month ago.
”The Nigerian Army reassures law-abiding citizens of its unwavering resolve, in synergy with other services and security agencies to deny criminal elements the freedom of action and progressively rid the nation of identified threats to national security by executing its constitutional responsibilities in conformity with extant rules of engagement.
”The Nigerian Army also encourages members of the public to work harmoniously with the security agencies to collectively make the South East and the entire nation secured and peaceful,” he added.

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