The Nigerian Army has said its troops of 82 Division dislodged a camp of the Indigenous People of Biafra and its militant wing, the Eastern Security Network in Orsumoghu in the Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State.
Onyema Nwachukwu, the Director of Army Public Relations, in a statement disclosed this on Monday.
According to Nwachukwu, the group was carrying out criminal activities from the camp.
He added that troops overpowered the outlaws who staged an ambush against them during the clearance operations.
During the operation, pump-action shotguns, locally fabricated guns, revolver pistols, rounds of 7.62mm special, live cartridges, machetes and IPOB flags were recovered.
Also recovered were a Hilux vehicle, mobile phones and laptops.
The statement read, “Troops of 82 Division Nigerian Army (NA) conducting clearance operations along Anambra/Imo states border communities today dislodged a criminal hideout used by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed affiliate; Eastern Security Network ( ESN) in Orsumoghu, Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State.
“The notorious groups have serially launched attacks on defenceless civilians and security targets from the hideout. During the clearance operations along the border communities, troops were met with stiff resistance from the dissident elements, as they closed in on their enclave. They were overwhelmed by troops’ superior firepower, forcing them to abandon their hideout.
“After over running their camp, the gallant troops carried out further exploitation and recovered a cache of arms, comprising 22 pump action rifles, 19 dane guns and 6 machetes.
“Other items recovered include assorted mobile phones, sim cards, a monitor and a laptop. One operational Hilux vehicle and various voodoo items and charms were also recovered.
“Investigations revealed that the hideout served as the operational base of one Innocent Obieke (aka Double Lion), who is said to be the head of the vigilante group in the area, but surreptitiously coordinates the criminal activities of IPOB/ESN in the area. The suspect is currently on the run, while troops have intensified operations to close in on him and his cohort.
“Members of the general public are please enjoined to continue to support troops and other security agencies with credible and timely information that will lead to the arrest of criminal elements in their vicinity.”