At least two alleged members of the Indigenous People of Biafra were killed in a joint operation carried out by the Nigerian military, police and the State Security Services in Asaba, Delta State.
The director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, stated this on Tuesday. He said the quelling was sequel to distress calls from locals of the affected area.
He said the IPOB members, who went offensive, were challenged by ‘the security specialists’. According to him, they were followed to their camps where five individuals were captured and weapons recovered from them.
The statement read, “Combined troops of 63 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, the Nigeria Police and operatives of the Department of State Services have neutralized two IPOB/ESN fighters and arrested five others after a fierce encounter that took place on Monday, July 17, 2023, at Fuji Junction general area in Asaba, Delta state.
“The encounter followed distress calls that the community was under attack by terrorists, to which the combined troops swiftly responded. The terrorists succumbed to the overwhelming firepower of the troops, after two of their members fell in the firefight that ensued, while the survivors fled to their hideout around the Okpanam River.
“The troops in pursuit of the fleeing criminal elements successfully trailed them to their enclave in a house around the Okpanam River, where they were nabbed. The troops also recovered one AK 47 rifle, one pump action semi-automatic rifle, 15 live cartridges, one AK 47 rifle magazine, and a Baofeng Radio Receiver.”