The military stated the second in command within the ESN was amongst these killed.
A safety staff made up of officers of the Nigerian Army, the police and the State Safety Service (SSS) has raided the headquarters of the Jap safety Community (ESN), the militant arm of the outlawed pro-Biafra group, IPOB.
No less than 11 folks have been killed within the ensuing battle together with 4 safety operatives and a person described because the second accountable for the ESN, an official stated.
In keeping with a press release by the military spokesperson, Mohammed Yerima, the second accountable for the ESN, whose identify was given as Ikonson Commander, was killed within the gun battle with the safety staff. Six different ESN commanders have been additionally killed, he stated.
The assertion additionally stated refined weapons and operational automobiles of the ESN have been additionally recovered.
The newest growth is approaching the heels of assaults on cops and police amenities, recently, within the South-east and South-south areas, which has compounded the safety challenges within the two areas.
Aside from greater than a decade of the Boko Haram insurgency within the North-east, a number of states in Nigeria have been combating kidnapping for ransom, banditry, frequent clashes between farmers and herders, and inter-communal conflicts.
As a result of repeated assaults on safety outfits within the two areas, the governors and heads of safety companies within the 5 states within the South-east had a regional summit on safety, the place they agreed to determine a joint safety outfit to test the insecurity within the area.
IPOB, a pro-Biafra group, has been accused of being answerable for a number of the assaults towards the police within the South-east, however the group has denied any involvement.
In keeping with the assertion by the military, a number of the terrorists who have been arrested in the course of the raid have confessed their complicity within the varied assaults within the areas.
It additionally said that one military officer and three police males misplaced their lives within the course of.
Learn full assertion from the Military:
SECURITY FORCES BUST IPOB/ESN OPERATIONAL HQ, NEUTRALISE IPOB’S NO2 MAN
A mixed staff of safety forces led by troops of the Nigerian Military have raided the operational Headquarters of the IPOB/ESN terrorists in Awomama Village, Oru East LGA of Imo State.
The early morning raid by troops of Nigerian Military, Nigerian Police Intelligence Response Workforce (IRT) and operatives of the Division of State Providers (DSS) was launched within the early hours of Saturday 24 April, 2021, following an in depth intelligence report on the placement of the terrorists’ Operational Headquarters and the motion of the general Commander popularly generally known as Ikonson Commander.
The IRT and DSS groups together with troops of 82 Division of the Nigerian Military have been on the path of the fear group because the unlucky assaults on the Imo State Police Command and the Owerri Correctional Heart on 5 April 2021.
The stated Ikonson Commander who was the mastermind of these assaults along with a number of assaults within the South East and South South areas, was neutralised together with 6 of his high Commanders.
The joint intelligence staff had earlier interviewed a number of arrested IPOB/ESN terrorists in reference to the April 5 assaults and so they all confessed that Ikonson Commander who was named as Vice President by their chief, Nnamdi Kanu, was the one which mobilized males and assets in addition to ordered and orchestrated the assaults on Owerri.
They equally revealed that Ikonson was answerable for many different assaults on Police stations throughout the 2 geo-political zones.
The intelligence staff later tracked the IPOB/ESN high chief to his precise location in Awomama village the place he (Ikonson) and his to Commanders have been hibernating and plotting dastardly acts towards the Nigerian state.
On noticing the presence of the joint operations staff, IPOB/ESN terrorists introduced heavy quantity of fireside on the raiding staff who swiftly responded and overwhelmed them with superior fireplace energy that neutralised Ikonson and 6 of his high Commanders. Sadly nevertheless, a Second Lieutenant and three IRT operatives paid the supreme value within the fireplace combat that ensued. The 4 officers who fought gallantly have already been evacuated to a army facility in Owerri.
Up to now, 3 AK 47 riffles, a Toyota Sienna van belonging to the terrorists and a number of other different gadgets of worth together with medication suspected to be psychotropic substances have been recovered and are being processed by the intelligence staff to help in additional investigations and operations within the space. The joint safety staff is already dominating the overall space whereas preparations for additional operations are in high gear.
The neutralised Ikonson Commander had in a number of events posed for images with the fugitive chief of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.
The Chief of Military Employees, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru has counseled the troops, the Police IRT and DSS operatives for his or her dedication in guaranteeing that the operation was successful. He prayed for the repose of the souls of the gallant officers who misplaced their lives within the operation, stressing that their sacrifice won’t ever be in useless.
The Nigerian Military together with different safety companies will maintain intelligence-based kinetic operations within the South East and South South till the areas are freed from terrorist actions.
Director Military Public Relations
24 April, 2021