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Nigerian Army Troops Cleared Four ESN Camps, Killed Two Members, Arrested Four In Imo

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The Nigerian Army has said that its troops of the Joint Task Force, South-East, code-named Operation UDO KA II, have cleared four camps of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed affiliate, Eastern Security Network (ESN), in Imo State.

A statement on Monday by the Acting Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 82 Division, Nigerian Army, Lt.-Col. Jonah Unuakhalu, said that troops also neutralised two IPOB/ESN members and arrested four others during the clearance operation.

Unuakhalu said that the camps cleared on Sunday October 1, are located in three communities – Ihube, Aku, and Umulolo – in Okigwe Local Government Area of Imo State.

He noted that during the clearance operation, troops encountered many Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) deployed en route to the camps.

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He said that due to superior firepower, the irredentist group members fled into neighbouring forests with gunshot wounds.

The army spokesman said, “It was discovered that the camps were being used to perpetuate atrocities such as cannibalism, occultic practices, and ritual killings to instill fears into law-abiding citizens.

“These were evident from many fresh and old corpses discovered while clearing the entire camps. Also, the houses of the two spiritual leaders and herbalists that took to their heels were destroyed.

“Furthermore, the shrine of the wanted terrorist, Amobi Chinoso Okafor, alias Temple, where human sacrifices are being made was destroyed,” he said.

Recovered items from the camps included different denominations of the Biafra currencies, one new power bike, four motorcycles, and solar panels.

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Other items recovered are POP cement and a petroleum tanker suspected to have been hijacked by hard-working Igbo owners (indigenes) trying to make a living.

“Operation UDO KA II will continue combating crime and criminality by the extant rules and regulations guiding its operations.

“All law-abiding and good citizens of the South-East are enjoined to act against these devilish terrorists by providing timely, credible, and reliable information which will lead to ending the menace of insecurity occasioned by activities of the terrorist group in the region.

“Do not be a victim of this sacrilegious. These criminals are desecrating Igboland,” he said.

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