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Army neutralizes IPOB members, recover arms in Anambra

By Esther Kalu

The Nigerian Army has neutralized members of  a notorious stronghold of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra ( IPOB) and its armed affiliate, Eastern Security Network (ESN) and recovered various arms at Lilu Forest in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State. 
The operation was  said to have been  a joint operations conducted with other sister security agencies which led to the dislodging of the IPOB members at Lilu  which is a border town between Imo and Anambra States, known to be used as an operational base of the dissidents.
As disclosed by the force’s Director  of Army Public Relations, Onyema Nwachukwu,  through a statement released on Tuesday, the operations was  said to have been conducted Yesterday and led to the neutralization of the gunmen in a fire fight that ensued between them.

Nwachukwu, disclosed that other security agencies that took part in the operation included the Nigerian Navy, 211 Quick Response Group of the Nigerian Air Force, Department of State Services and the Nigeria Police.

He stated that the gunmen’s  dawn attack on the hideout was a plan to violently enforce the illegitimate sit-at-home declaration by the irredentist groups.

He said after the neutralizing the dissidents from their hideouts, the joint forces recovered 10 Pump Action Shotguns, two locally fabricated guns, One Revolver pistol, rounds of 7.62 mm special, live cartridges, machettes,  IPOB flags, mobile phones, laptops amongst other dangerous weapons. 

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