11 members of IPOB’s ESN killed in Imo –Army

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Nigerian Army has said neutralised 11 members of proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, who launched an attack on of Orlu Local Government Area of on Thursday night.

Director Army Public , Brigadier General, Mohammed Yerima, in a statement on Friday, said assailants were members of ’s Eastern Security Network.

The statement was titled, ‘Security Forces Foil Another Attack On Police Area Command In …Eleven / Neutralised, Arms, Ammunition, Operational Recovered’.

read, “A gang of / mounted in 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 .

“The attackers were resisted by vigilant police personnel at the Area Command and were completely obliterated when a reinforcement team of the Nigerian Army and Nigerian Air Force arrived the scene.

“The assailants who have been on the radar of the Joint 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/ 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 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.

“Law abiding citizens in the area are advised to look for strange persons with gunshot injuries and report same to the nearest security agency for the safety of their communities.

“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.