Joint Security Operatives Raid IPOB/ESN Camp in Anambra

… Soldiers, Police Injured

By Ikeugonna Eleke

Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, Director Army Public Relations, Nigeria Army, has revealed that a joint team of security operatives had sacked hoodlums known as unknown gunmen in a camp in Anambra.

Nwachukwu in a press release said the camp, which is inside a forest in an Anambra community, Orsumoghu, Nnewi South Local Government Area,was invaded by the operatives last Monday.

He said: ‘The raid was carried out on Monday 31 July 2023, when troops were alerted to the violent activities of the irredentist group enforcing the illegal 2 weeks sit-at-home order in Onitsha;Nnewi and Iheme,Obosi in Anambra State, as well as New Market in Enugu State.

‘This is in line with the ongoing operations to deter the enforcement of the illegal sit-at-home declared by Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and its armed wing, Eastern Security Network (ESN).

‘Combined troops of 82 Division, Nigerian Army; sister services; Nigeria Police and other security agencies, successfully raided hideouts and training camps belonging to IPOB/ESN in Orsumoghu Forest, spanning Anambra and Imo States.

‘Sadly, five soldiers and two Nigeria Police operatives sustained varying degrees of injuries from Improvised Explosive-Devices IEDs detonated by the criminals.

‘During the raid, the troops cleared IPOB Camps in Ekeututu, Orsumoghu, 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 a 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 2 detonated IED bombs and a fabricated mortar tube.’