…recovers 10 pump action guns, others
The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed affiliate, Eastern Security Network (ESN) have suffered a major setback as Troops of the Nigerian Army (NA) in a joint operations with other security agencies have dislodged a notorious stronghold of the terrorists at Lilu Forest in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State.
It was gathered that 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 learnt that the operations was conducted in the early hours of Monday, 17 January 2022, which led to the neutralization of some gunmen in a fire battle that ensued.
Spokesperson of the Nigerian Army, Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu said in Abuja on Tuesday that “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 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. 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.