Troops Neutralize Two IPOB)ESN In Gun Battle, Nab Suspects, Recover Weapons


Troops of 34 Artillery Brigade, Nigerian Army(NA) have neutralized two gun men and arrested four other members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB) and its armed affiliate, Eastern Security Network (ESN) in a fierce gun battle along Orlu – Orsu Road.

According to the Director Army Public Relations Officer, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, in a release on 26th April 2022, the suspects were apprehended on 25th April 2022.

He said, “the troops, while on routine patrol  made contact with elements of IPOB/ESN around the general area of Aluminium Company and All Saints Church.

“On sighting the patrol team, the criminal elements opened fire and launched grenade attack on the troops.

“The vigilant troops responded with superior firepower neutralizing two of the criminal elements, compelling others to flee in disarray.

“In a hot pursuit that followed the encounter, troops arrested four of the fleeing gunmen and recovered  one AK 47 rifle, two magazines, one Police grenade launcher, two  Baofeng communication radios.

Others items recovered from them include “five mobile phones, one IPOB Beret, two Motorcycles, four SIM cards, five wallets containing different ID cards, afrodisiac, charms and the sum of Sixteen Thousand Four Hundred and Sixty Naira only”.

Brigadier Nwachukwu, revealed that “preliminary investigation on the suspects’ mobile phones revealed gory pictures and videos depicting scenes of cold blooded murders, corpses displayed in shrines and other heinous atrocities committed by the criminals”.


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