Nigerian Authority said its men have chased out an organized armed group known as unknown gunmen, the Army identified as members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB and its armed wing, Eastern Security Network, ENS from their operational base in Lilu community in the Ihiala Local government area of Anambra State.
Nigerian Army in a news release signed by its Director of Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu and made available yesterday said the operation was jointly conducted by troops of 82 Division, Nigerian Navy, 211 Quick Response Group of the Nigerian Air Force, Department of State Services and the Nigeria Police.
“Troops of the Nigerian Army in a joint operations conducted with other security agencies have dislodged a notorious stronghold of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and its armed affiliate, Eastern Security Network, ESN, at Lilu Forest in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State.
“Lilu is a border town between Imo and Anambra States, which was hitherto known to be used as an operational base of the dissidents.
“It was a well coordinated dawn attack on the fortress, where plans were been perfected to violently enforce the illegitimate sit-at-home declaration by the irredentist groups.
“After dislodging the dissidents from their fortress, the dogged troops recovered 10 Pump Action Shotguns, two locally fabricated guns, One Revolver pistol, rounds of 7.62 mm special, live cartridges, machettes and IPOB flags. Other items recovered are mobile phones, laptops amongst other dangerous weapons”, the Nigerian Army said.
Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu said the operations was conducted in the early hours of Monday 17 January 2022 and some gunmen killed during the fire fight that ensued.
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