The Nigerian army said on Tuesday that troops from the 34th Artillery Brigade neutralized two gunmen and arrested four other members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed affiliate, Eastern Security Network (ESN) during a a violent firefight along the Orlu – Orsu road. April 25, 2022.
Army Public Relations Director Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, who said in a statement, said troops recovered an AK 47 rifle, two magazines, a grenade launcher from the police, among others.
“The troops, on a routine patrol, made contact with IPOB/ESN elements around the general area of the Aluminum Company and All Saints Church. Upon sighting the patrol team, the criminal elements opened fire and launched a grenade attack on the troops. Vigilant troops responded with superior firepower neutralizing two of the criminal elements, forcing the others to flee in disarray.
“In a hot pursuit following the encounter, troops arrested four of the fleeing gunmen and recovered an AK 47 rifle, two magazines, a police grenade launcher, two Baofeng communications radios, five cell phones, an IPOB beret, two motorcycles, four SIM cards, five wallets containing different ID cards, afrodisiac, charms and the sum of sixteen thousand four hundred and sixty naira only.
“Preliminary investigation of the suspects’ cellphones reveals bloody images and videos showing scenes of cold-blooded murders, corpses displayed at shrines and other heinous atrocities committed by the criminals,” the statement added.