There was tension in Ihiala local government area, of Anambra state as gunmen and Nigerian security operatives clashed. It was gathered that some suspected operatives of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), the armed group of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Nigerian police engaged for over three hours at Osumoghu junction in Ihiala local government area of Anambra state.
According to reports from our credible source, the attack happened in Mbosi and Orsumoghu (Ihiala towns) while INEC was conducting the supplementary governorship election in Ihiala. As you may know, Mbosi and Orsumoghu are border towns, with communities in Imo state.
It was gathered that the gunmen were seeking to enter Ihiala through Imo state when they clash with Nigerian security forces. The joint security agents involving mobile police, Army, Navy and other security offices prevented journalists attempting to pass Orsumoghu junction. A police officer told the journalists;
“You have to go back for your own good. For three hours now, we have been exchanging fire with your IPOB brothers. Our men are in the bush now, and it will be risky for you to take this route,” the police officer stated.
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