Troops of 82 Division, Nigerian Army (NA) conducting clearance operations along the Anambra/Imo States border communities has dislodged a criminal hideout used by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed affiliate; Eastern Security Network (ESN) in Orsumoghu, Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State.
In a statement military spokesman, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu explained that the notorious groups have serially launched attacks on defenseless civilians and security targets from the hideout.
“During the clearance operations along the border communities, troops were met with stiff resistance from the dissident elements, as they closed in on their enclave.
“They were overwhelmed by troops’ superior firepower, forcing them to abandon their hideout. After overrunning their camp, the gallant troops carried out further exploitation and recovered a cache of arms, comprising 22 Pump Action rifles, 19 Dane guns, and 6 machetes. Other items recovered include assorted mobile phones, sim cards, a monitor, and a laptop.
“One operational Hilux vehicle and various voodoo items and charms were also recovered,” the army spokesman enunciated.
According to him, investigations revealed that the hideout served as the operational base of one Innocent Obieke (aka Double Lion), who is said to be the head of the vigilante group in the area, but surreptitiously coordinates the criminal activities of IPOB/ESN in the area.
General Nwachukwu said the suspect is currently on the run, while troops have intensified operations to close in on him and his cohort.
He urged members of the general public to continue to support troops and other security agencies with credible and timely information that will lead to the arrest of criminal elements in their vicinity.