By Okodili Ndidi, Abuja

Ahead of the Sunday sit-at-home order declared by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the Southeast, troops of 6 Division Garrison, Port Harcourt and 29 Battalion in conjunction with other security agencies have raided the stronghold of the separatist group and the Eastern Security Network (ESN) at Agbomchia Forest in Oyigbo Council Area of Rivers State.

Seven IPOB members were killed in the attack, while five others were arrested.

According to a statement by the Director Army Public Relations Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, “troops of 6 Division Garrison, Port Harcourt and 29 Battalion in conjunction with operatives of Nigerian Police, DSS, and NSCDC on Thursday, 27 May 2021, conducted a Clearance/Raid Operation at suspected IPOB/ESN enclaves at Agbomchia Forest along Pipeline Road Ogali/Komkom Boundary between Eleme and Oyigbo LGA’s of Rivers State.

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“In the firefight that ensued during the Clearance/Raid Operation, 7 IPOB/ESN members were neutralized while 5 suspects arrested.

“Various items belonging to the criminals including arms and ammunition were also recovered by the security forces. The camp was promptly destroyed while suspects and corpses were handed over to the Police for further actions.”

It added that “there was no casualty on own troops and other security operatives as they have returned back to base in high morale.

“The Nigerian Army urges members of the public to always avail the troops with accurate and timely information that will help in tracking down and neutralise the so-called Unknown Gunmen (UGM) who are terrorizing the region.”

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