7 ESN members shot dead, 5 arrested in Rivers




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  Nigerian Army says it has carried out joint clearance operation with Department of (DSS) and Nigerian and Civil Corps (NSCDC) and killed seven operatives of Eastern Network () in Rivers community.
 
The army also said that it arrested five of operatives of , an armed wing of the proscribed Indigenous Of Biafra (IPOB), while arms and ammunition were recovered them.
 
The army in a statement on Thursday night said the operation took place at about 6:15pm.
 
The statement read: “6 Div in conjunction with Keystone, DSS and NSCDC led by Brigadier-General MD Danja conducted clearance/raid at suspected IPOB/ camp in Agbochia Forest along Pipelines Road Ogali/ Kom-Kom boundary between Eleme and Oyigbo Local Area of Rivers .
 
“During the clearance/raid , the team came in contact with the IPOB/ESN members. However, during the firefight, 7 IPOB/ESN members were neutralized and 5 suspects were arrested.
 
“Items recovered during the clearance/raid on IPOB/ESN camp included   AK 47 rifles, G3 rifles, one locally made machine gun and one G3 magazine. Also recovered included three rounds of 7.62mm , 10 rounds 7.62mm x 51mm NATO, one x cutlass, five Baofeng handheld radios with chargers, 10 black barretts.”