Security operatives eliminate IPOB Commander, obliterate headquarters

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The neutralised Top IPOB Commander in a photograph with the leader of proscribed terrorist group IPOB

By Victor Akaa, Abuja

The security operatives had neutralised the overall Commander of the proscribed terrorists organisation, the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and Eastern Security Network (ESN), popularly known as Ikonson Commander and other Six top Commanders

A combined team of security forces led by troops of the Nigerian Army, early hours of today (Saturday), raided the operational Headquarters of the IPOB/ESN terrorists in Awomama Village, Oru East LGA of Imo State.

Troops of Nigerian Army, Nigerian Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), launched the attack following a detailed intelligence report on the location of the terrorists’ Operational Headquarters and the movement of the overall Commander popularly known as Ikonson Commander.

IPOB Commander killed by the troops

Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima,Director Army Public Relations in a statement relayed to Enugu Reporters said, the IRT and DSS teams along with troops of 82 Division of the Nigerian Army have been on the trail of the terror group since the unfortunate attacks on the Imo State Police Command and the Owerri Correctional Center on 5 April 2021.

He said, Ikonson Commander was the masterminder of multiple attacks in the South East and South South regions

“The joint intelligence team had earlier interviewed several arrested IPOB/ESN terrorists in connection with the April 5 attacks and they all confessed that Ikonson Commander who was named as Vice President by their leader, Nnamdi Kanu, was the one that mobilized men and resources as well as ordered and orchestrated the attacks on Owerri.

“They equally revealed that Ikonson was responsible for many other attacks on Police stations across the two geo-political zones.

“The intelligence team later tracked the IPOB/ESN top leader to his exact location in Awomama village where he (Ikonson) and his to Commanders were hibernating and plotting dastardly acts against the Nigerian state.

“On noticing the presence of the joint operations team, IPOB/ESN terrorists brought heavy volume of fire on the raiding team who swiftly responded and overwhelmed them with superior fire power that neutralised Ikonson and six of his top Commanders.”

The statement however, regretted that a Second Lieutenant and three IRT operatives paid their supreme price in the fire fight that ensued.
The four officers who fought gallantly have already been evacuated to a military facility in Owerri.

The Army spokesman said, 3 AK 47 riffles, a Toyota Sienna van belonging to the terrorists and several other items of value including drugs suspected to be psychotropic substances were recovered and are being processed by the intelligence team to assist in further investigations and operations in the area.

He noted that, the joint security team is already dominating the general area while preparations for further operations are in top gear.

“The neutralised Ikonson Commander had in several occasions posed for photographs with the fugitive leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.” he noted.

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