Troops eliminate four IPOB/ESN elements in fierce encounter

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By Victor Akaa, Abuja.

Troops of 34 Brigade Obinze have neutralized four members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed wing, Eastern Security Network (ESN), in a fierce encounter that ensued at Amaifeke and Ihioma in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State.

Enugu Reporters learnt that the terrorists were taken out on Monday, while shooting sporadically, threatening lives and property of innocent citizens.

Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu in a statement noted that the irate dissidents opened fire on sighting the patrol team, who were out to ensure safety and security of lives and property of citizens.

“The vigilant troops engaged the criminals and neutralized four of them, while others succumbed to the superior fire power of the troops and escaped from the scene.”

He said, items recovered from the criminals during the encounter included, one pump action short gun, 10 live cartridges, one Hilux truck, which was reportedly, snatched at gun point, yesterday by the irredentists, mobile handsets and charms.

The statement enjoined the public to please endeavour to provide credible information on the movement of the criminal elements to security agencies, whenever sighted in their communities.

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