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Sit-at-home: Troops raid IPOB/ESN training camps in Anambra, Imo forests, arrest 5, scores injured

Soldiers on internal security operations to deter enforcement of the illegal sit at home declared by Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and and its armed wing, Eastern Security Network (ESN), in the south east have destroyed the logistics bases of the group at Orsomoghu forest spanning Anambra and Imo States.
Director Army Public Relations Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, said the operation was carried out by the combined troops of 82 Division Nigerian Army, sister Services, Nigeria Police,and other security agencies.
Nwachukwu said raid operation took place on Monday, when troops were alerted to the violent activities of the irredentist group enforcing the illegal two weeks sit-at-home order in Onitsha, Nnewi,and Iheme Obosi in Anambra State, as well as New Market in Enugu state.
During the operations, the troops cleared IPOB camps in Ekeututu, Orsomoghu, Lilu, and Mother Valley camps of the dissidents. Troops came in contact with the group’s armed fighters, who detonated Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) also known as Ogbunigwe and fired using locally fabricated mortar tube. The valiant troops however overpowered the irredentist group in the firefight, compelling them to abandon their position as they fled with gunshot wounds into nearby bushes. Further cordon and search of the hideouts by the troops, led to the arrest of five fleeing members of the group and recovery of one IPOB flag, one CCTV camera and two detonated IED bombs and a fabricated mortar tube.
Sadly, five soldiers and two Nigeria Police operatives sustained varying degrees of injuries from the IED detonated by the criminals.
The Nigerian Army encourages all law abiding citizens of the South East to continue to support ongoing operations with actionable information and to disregard the unlawful two weeks sit-at-home order by going about their normal daily activities and businesses. The Nigerian Army in synergy with sister services and security agencies will undauntedly continue to protect and safeguard lives and property of the good and enterprising people of South East Nigeria, within the ambit of the law and the rules of engagement.

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