In Enugu, Ebonyi, troops kill scores IPOB terrorists
Numerous Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) members were slain by Nigerian Army troops attached to the 82 Division during a raid on their camps in Amagu village and Nkalaha community in the Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
Exercise GOLDEN DAWN II personnel from the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), the police, and the Department of State Services (DSS) participated in the operation on Monday.
Brig-Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, the army’s spokesman, revealed this to journalists in Abuja on Wednesday and said that some of the members of the group terrorizing the South East managed to escape with gunshot wounds.
“The troops came into contact with members of the dissident organization during the raid operations, leading to an exchange of fire,” he claimed. Some of the irredentists were neutralized during the battle, while others fled the scene, abandoning the camp.
The Nigerian Army also exhorts the populace to cooperate with law enforcement in order to make the South East and the entire country secure and peaceful, he continued.
The Nigerian military has recently started offensives against terrorists in many regions of the nation, and the banned organizations have suffered significant losses as a result.
A few days ago in Zamfara, not fewer than 180 bandits were killed in airstrikes by the NAF. Over 60 civilians used as shields by the dissidents were also killed in the crossfire.
Discoveries in South East
According to Nwachukwu, the soldiers found 102 7.62mm special rounds, 2 pump action rifles, 5 locally produced weapons, 1 roll of detonator 27, number 24 detonators, 33 electrical wires, quantity 12 of type 36 hand grenadIn Enugu and Ebonyi, troops kill numerous IPOB terrorists.es, and 12 bags of what were likely marijuana-related narcotics.
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According to him, the forces also found three motorcycles, two generators, one water pump, police uniforms, and military woodland camouflage.
The army spokesman claimed that on the same day, while conducting a routine patrol in the community of Agubeji in Enugu State, the troops engaged in a different operation and detained Mr. Martins Abogwu as a suspect for planning attacks on innocent bystanders with IPOB/Eastern Security Network (ESN) members.
He stated that the suspect, who made the claim that he was the community’s chief security officer, was helping with the initial investigations that came after and had directed forces to their camp, where a shallow grave containing two decaying remains was discovered.
A local vigilante who was kidnapped around a month ago has been recognized as one of the corpses.
The Nigerian Army assures law-abiding citizens of its unwavering resolve to prevent criminal elements from acting freely and gradually rid the country of threats to national security by carrying out its constitutional obligations in accordance with current rules of engagement. It will work in tandem with other services and security agencies to achieve this goal.In a related development, the Director of DSS in Imo State, Wilcox Idaminabo, has announced the arrest of kingpins behind the frequent attacks, especially the burning of offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state.
He, however, did not specify the identity of the group.
Recently, the police in Imo and Ebonyi recognized IPOB as the gang responsible for setting fire to the INEC offices and killing locals who disobeyed the group’s command to stay at home.
Usman Baba, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), warned that separatist organizations were planning to sabotage the general elections in 2023 a few days ago.
Baba spoke before the House of Representatives ad hoc committee looking into attacks on the INEC facilities on Friday. Baba was represented by the deputy inspector general in charge of operations, Dandaura Mustapha.
The police commander claimed that when the ban on political campaigns was lifted, the number of attacks on electoral body offices increased.Idaminabo, who spoke at a stakeholders’ meeting with the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof Sylvia Uchenna Agu, in Owerri, the state capital, said that the department would continue to work to ensure that peace was restored in the state.
He claimed that the department had also moved the gangsters’ headquarters camp at Orsu.
According to him, the DSS agents’ ongoing raids resulted in the capture of Mike Ahize, the gang’s boss in Orsu.
He said that the thugs’ camp in Orsu had been destroyed, forcing them to flee to the Okigwe Expressway’s Aku/Ihube axis, where they continued their attacks.
Ibidaminabo, on the other hand, expressed happiness about the Tuesday night arrest of another leader by the name of Ejima.
“We have continued to comb their camps and cells in Orsu, Njaba, Orlu, and Okigwe,” the DSS claimed. “Our onslaughts, particularly at Njaba led to the arrest of one Ejima who has been threatening to burn down the state.” I’m delighted to report that we just caught him yesterday night (Tuesday), and he’s now in our custody.
Also taken from him were many weapons, rounds of ammo, and charms.
Idaminabo urged locals to assist law enforcement in catching these criminals and bringing them before the courts.
The NSCDC boss warns that a dangerous group is present in the area.
Ahmed Abubakar Audi, the Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has revealed the existence of a “dangerous organization” wreaking havoc in Nigeria.
At the NSCDC headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday, Audi made this announcement during the opening ceremony of the final Commandant General Conference for 2022, which included zonal commanders and state commandants of the corps.
The CG said that the group was found thanks to an intelligence report available to the corps.
“There is a dangerous group in town. The members dress in security uniforms and they have started unleashing mayhem on the citizens. So, we have to buckle up and fish these people out,” Audi called on the top officers to live up to the expectations of the government by doing their job well.
The CG stated that the conference would develop a plan to stop the destruction of the INEC’s infrastructure while adding that the country would be heading towards the general elections in a few weeks.
He gave the state commandants and zonal commanders instructions to collaborate with sister organizations to safeguard public assets and government property in their respective states.
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If an attack occurs on an INEC institution in one of the commandants’ states, we will hold them responsible, Audi stated. He exhorted them to focus more on intelligence gathering, emphasizing that it was less expensive to prevent crime than to solve it.