The Nigerian army stated that it has carried out a joint clearance operation with the Department of State Security Services (DSS) and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and together they have managed to kill about seven operatives and members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) in Rivers State community.
The Nigerian army also stated that it has arrested five of the operatives of ESN, an armed wing of the proscribed Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), while arms and ammunition were recovered from them. The army in a statement made available to our Correspondent on Thursday night said the operation took place at about 6:15PM.
The army statement read in parts; “6 Divison in conjunction with Keystone, DSS and NSCDC led by Brigadier-General MD Danja conducted clearance/raid operations at suspected IPOB ESN camp in Agbochia Forest along Pipelines Road Ogali/Kom-Kom boundary between Eleme and Oyigbo Local Government Area of Rivers State.
During the clearance/raid Operations, the team came in contact with the IPOB ESN members. However, during the firefight, 7 IPOB ESN members were shot death and 5 suspects were arrested. Items recovered during the clearance/raid on IPOB ESN camp include two AK 47 rifles, two G3 rifles, one locally made machine gun and one G3 magazine.
Also recovered include three rounds of 7.62mm special, 10 rounds 7.62mm x 51mm NATO, one x cutlass, five Baofeng handheld radios with chargers and 10 black barrettes. They will be handed over to the Police for proper prosecution,” the army statement reads.
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