One Soldier Killed As Troops Engage Some Hoodlums Enforcing IPOB Sit-At-Home Order In the South East

Some hoodlums who claim they were working for IPOB to enforce the Monday sit at home order where attacked by soldiers of the Nigerian army on Monday 22nd November 2021 in Orlu, Imo state as they were enforcing sit at home order of IPOB. It was a fearsome gun battle as one Nigerian soldier was eliminated; also one of the hoodlums was killed during the gun battle by the Nigerian troops in Oru East Local Government Area of Imo state.

However, aside from personnel of the Nigerian army who lost his life in the battle, some Nigerian soldiers were also wounded during the gun battle. The troops dispersed some IPOB members setting properties ablaze in Orlu, Imo state as they claim to be enforcing sit at home order, Major Abubakar Abdullahi, the acting deputy director army public relations 82 Division, of the Nigerian army in Enugu stated.

A member of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and one gallant soldier were on Monday, November 22, 2021 killed during a gun battle in Oru East local government area of Imo state. The acting deputy director of army public relations 82 Division of the Nigerian Army in Enugu, Major Abubakar Abdullahi, stated that the incident took place when troops conducting Exercise Golden Dawn dispersed some IPOB members who were setting properties ablaze.

Nigerien special forces prepare to fight Boko Haram in Diffa March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Joe Penney

A soldier and one IPOB member were killed during a gun battle in Oru East local government area of Imo state. Major Abubakar Abdullahi in a statement shared on the army’s Facebook page on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 stated that some hoodlums who claim to be members of IPOB were enforcing the illegitimate sit-at-home order imposed by the proscribed group at Awo-Mmamma community in Imo state.

According to him, the criminals indulged in harassment and intimidation of commuters going about their normal businesses in the quest to compel citizens to comply with the unlawful order. The criminals went further to carry out arson and destruction of businesses, homes and vehicles in areas including Ishieke junction (along Owerri-Onitsha expressway) and towards Onitsha as a vendetta against the citizens for not complying with the sit at home order.

Vigilant troops responding to distress called our troops and we swiftly moved to the scene and engaged the hoodlums in a firefight forcing them to scamper in different directions. The 82 Division spokesman noted that a member of the group was neutralized in the shootout, adding that a gallant soldier paid the supreme prize after troops pursued the hoodlums to their hideout in Akatta Community,” Army spokesman Major Abubakar Abdullahi stated.

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