The Nigerian Army said troops of the 34 Brigade in conjunction with operatives of the Department of State Service on Friday, May 20, dislodged a training camp of the proscribed Indigeneous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed wing, Eastern Security Network (ESN) at Okporo in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State.
According to a statement issued by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, the troops dislodged the training camp after exchanging fire with the dissidents and neutralized two notorious members of the group, who have been on the wanted list of security agencies and have been terrorising residents in the general area of Orlu, Orsu and Njaba.
“The troops equally destroyed the training shed and other facilities used by the separatists, including a shrine, which members of the outlawed group reportedly use for spiritual fortification. A local factory for fabricating weapons was also discovered and destroyed.
“A search of the factory uncovered , three dane guns, one locally fabricated pistol, one live round of 7.62mm, one live cartridge, two used shells of 7.62mm (special) and objects suspected to be charms, among other dangerous weapons,” Gen. Nwachukwu added.