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IPOB commander, Tochukwu, 2 others killed in Imo

IPOB commander, Tochukwu, 2 others killed in Imo

 

 

Troops of the Nigerian Army, in conjunction with personnel of other security agencies, have eliminated a notorious IPOB/ESN Commander, known as Tochukwu, alias Ojoto, and two others in an encounter at their camp, at Ihiteukwa in Imo State.

The post on the Nigerian Army X Handle, yesterday, said the operation was conducted with personnel of the Nigeria Police, Department of State Services, and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps. It said the troops conducted a successful special clearance operation across the general areas of Udda, Ihiteukwa, and Orsumoghu, along the borders of Orsu and Ihiala Local Government Areas of Imo and Anambra States, respectively.

The army added that the troops encountered members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Eastern Security Network (ESN), who had been using the area as a sanctuary. The army said the insurgents, on sighting troops, employed guerrilla tactics, lobbing improvised explosive devices (IEDs) from concealed positions and riddling the roads with booby traps. The army said in spite of the terrorists’ guerrilla tactics, troops maintained their resolve and countered the attacks with tactical precision, employing superior firepower to neutralise Tochukwu and two others.

“The operation led to the recovery of firearms, communication devices, narcotics, and personal effects of the terrorists. Notably, two undetonated IEDs, six detonated IEDs and bomb-making materials were captured by the gallant troops. The operation has dealt a significant blow to the terrorists’ networks in the region. The IEDs and bomb-making materials were safely destroyed,” it said.

Army said its troops had, in another operation in Cross River, engaged in a fierce gun battle with a group of suspected kidnappers in the remote community of Akparanbong in Ikom Local Government Area. It said the troops, while on routine patrol, stormed the kidnappers’ hideout, leading to a gun battle that forced the kidnappers to retreat hastily, leaving behind two AK 47 rifles, six magazines, a variety of ammunition and three mobile phones. The army said all the items have been recovered by the troops.

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