SANI Muhammad Sani
Troops of 82 Division Nigerian Army conducting Exercise Golden Dawn have neutralised four gunmen of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra IPOB and Eastern Security Network ESN in a fierce encounter, recovered two AK-47 Rifles, one GALIL Ace 5.56 x 45 Iwi Gun, one Avofeng Hand held radio and one Black Highlander jeep.
Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General, Onyema Nwachukwu further disclosed that, “Sadly, a personnel of one of the security agencies paid the supreme price.”
The encounter according to the Nigerian Army took place at Nnobi Junction, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State Friday.
This followed the assailants’ armed attack on personnel of security agencies deployed at Ekwulobia Round About in Aguata Local Government Area of the State State, during which troops swiftly mobilised to the scene and subsequently embarked on pursuit of the criminals along Nnewi – Nnobi road.
Troops made contact with the fleeing gunmen and engaged them in a fire fight, neutralizing four of them.
In a separate operation, troops have foiled another attack by IPOB and ESN gunmen at Umunze Checkpoint, in Orumba South Local Government Area.
The troops overwhelmed the attackers in the shootout that ensued, forcing them to take to their heels, abandoning, one Pump Action gun with nine cartridges, one dark blue Ford and four motorcycles, which the troops have recovered.
The Nigerian Army notes that the recent attacks are part of proscribed IPOB and ESN’s plan to instil fear into the public and sabotage the forthcoming Anambra State Governorship Election.
The Nigerian Army reassured the public, that sister services and other security agencies will not relent in resolutely confronting all criminals intents against the citizenry and national interest urging Law abiding citizens to continue to go about their daily activities without any fear.
The Army also also encouraged to report any unusual activity observed across Anambra State to the nearest security post.