A troop of the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army has killed three members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed affiliate, Eastern Security Network (ESN) Ezioha Mgbowo in Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu state who were perfecting plans to effect illegal sit-at-home order in the area on Monday.
The troop revealed in a statement shared by the Spokesman of the Command, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu that the armed fighters opened fire on the troop who located the hideout on credible information.
But they were overpowered and three Pump Action Guns and ten Machetes were recovered from the fleeing fighters.
It also revealed that the same onslaught was carried out in Igboro Forest, between Arochukwu and Ohafia Local Government Areas of Abia state where three members of the IPOB/ESN were neutralized in a gunfight that ensued on Monday.
Part of the statement reads, “On winning the fight, the troops wasted no time destroying several hideous camps used by members of the groups to perpetrate heinous crimes.
The camps were uncovered, after several weeks of credible surveillance revealed that IPOB/ESN was using the forest as a combat training ground for their members and as a base for planning and launching attacks on targeted civilians, security operatives, and government facilities in the state.
On further exploiting the camp, the gallant troops recovered several weapons and ammunition, amongst others. The Items recovered include One improvised 16 Multi Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL) Gun mounted on a vehicle, One improvised 12 MBRL Gun, One improvised 6 MBRL Gun, One AK 47 Rifle, One Dane Gun, 6 local Rocket Launchers, four Improvised Explosive Devices, five Fragmental Jackets, One Baofeng Radio, Military Camouflage Uniforms and several assorted charms.”