The Nigerian Army has said it neutralised 11 members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, who launched an attack on the police command of the Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State on Thursday night.
Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General, Mohammed Yerima, in a statement on Friday, said the assailants were members of IPOB’s Eastern Security Network.
The statement was titled, ‘Security Forces Foil Another Attack On Police Area Command In Imo State…Eleven IPOB/ESN Terrorists Neutralised, Arms, Ammunition, Operational Vehicles Recovered’.
It read, “A gang of IPOB/ESN terrorists mounted in vehicles on Thursday, 6 May 2021, stormed Orlu town with intention to attack the compound housing the Area Command and Police Station in Orlu LGA of Imo State.
“The assailants who have been on the radar of the Joint Technical Intelligence Team were said to have come from a Forest Camp in Ideato North LGA of Imo State from where they mobilised and planned the failed attack.
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“Following the encounter, eleven IPOB/ESN Terrorists were neutralised while four AK47, one G3 and one pump action rifles as well as a berretta pistol, charms and assorted ammunitions were recovered. All the seven operational vehicles used for the attack were demobilised and as such the remaining terrorists escaped on foot with fatal injuries.
“There were no casualties on the side of the security forces.
“The Nigerian Army remains committed to a united Nigeria that is safe for all law abiding citizens and will continue to support the Police in maintaining internal security.
“The general public is once again enjoined to support the security forces with useful and timely information that will help eliminate the security threats in their communities.”
The Federal Government had in 2017 outlawed IPOB, a secessionist group from the South-East led by Nnamdi Kanu, as a terrorist group.