By Augustine Ehikioya
To ensure peace and orderliness, troops of 82 Division of the Nigerian Army have conducted joint raid operations at an IPOB/ESN Camp situated at Amagu village Nkalaha community, Ishielu Local Government Area (LGA) of Ebonyi State and also stormed Agubeji community in Enugu State.
A statement by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General
Onyema Nwachukwu, and made available to Security Watch Africa (SWA), said the joint raid in Ebonyi, was done in conjunction with Nigerian Air Force, Nigeria Police Force and Department of State Services on Exercise GOLDEN DAWN II on Monday 19 December, 2022
It said “During the raid operations, the troops came in contact with members of the dissident group, resulting in exchange of fire. In the encounter, the gallant troops neutralized some of the irredentists, while others took to their heels abandoning the camp.
“On winning the fire fight, troops recovered 102 rounds of 7.62mm special, 2 Pump Action guns, 5 locally made rifles, 1 roll of Detonator 27, quantity 24 Detonators, 33 electrical cables, quantity 12 of type 36 Hand Grenades and 12 bags of substances suspected to be Marijuana.”
Other items recovered, it said, included, 3 Motorcycles, 2 Generators, 1 Water pumping machine, Military woodland camouflage and Nigeria Police uniform.
On Enugu State, it said “In a separate operation on the same date, troops on routine patrol in Agubeji community in Enugu State have arrested a suspect, one Mr Martins Abogwu, for conniving with IPOB/ESN elements to unleash attacks on innocent citizens.
“The suspect, who claimed he is the Chief Security Officer of the community is assisting in the preliminary investigations that followed and has led troops to their camp, where a shallow grave containing 2 decomposing bodies were uncovered.
“One of the corpses has been identified as a member of the local vigilante, who was kidnapped about a month ago,” it added.
The Nigerian Army, according to the statement, also reassured law abiding citizens of its unwavering resolve, “in synergy with other services and security agencies to deny criminal elements the freedom of action and progressively rid the Nation of identified threats to national security by executing its constitutional responsibilities in conformity with extant rules of engagement.”
The Nigerian Army also encouraged members of the public to work harmoniously with the security agencies to “collectively make the South East and the entire Nation secured and peaceful.”