Soldiers of the Nigerian Army within the ongoing seek for the Indigenous People of Biafra and the Eastern Security Network operatives have shot lifeless seven suspected members in a gun battle in a hideout between the Eleme and Oyigbo Local Government Areas of Rivers State.
SaharaReporters learnt that the troops of the 6 Division Garrison, Port Harcourt and 29 Battalion, along side police operatives, carried out the operation.
According to the military in a launch, the conflict was on account of clearance and raid at suspected “IPOB/ESN enclaves at Agbomchia Forest along Pipeline Road Ogali/Komkom Boundary between Eleme and Oyigbo LGA’s of Rivers State.”
The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig-Gen Mohammed Yerima, mentioned, “Troops of 6 Division Garrison, Port Harcourt and 29 Battalion along side operatives of Nigerian Police, DSS, and NSCDC on Thursday, 27 May 2021, performed a Clearance/Raid Operation at suspected IPOB/ESN enclaves at Agbomchia Forest alongside Pipeline Road Ogali/Komkom Boundary between Eleme and Oyigbo LGA’s of Rivers State.
“In the firefight that ensued throughout the Clearance/Raid Operation, 7 IPOB/ESN members had been neutralised whereas 5 suspects arrested.
“Various objects belonging to the criminals, together with arms and ammunition, had been additionally recovered by the safety forces. The camp was promptly destroyed whereas suspects and corpses had been handed over to the Police for additional actions.
“There was no casualty on personal troops and different safety operatives as they’ve returned to base in excessive morale.
“The Nigerian Army urges members of the public to always avail the troops with accurate and timely information that will help in tracking down and neutralise the so-called Unknown Gunmen (UGM) who are terrorising the region.”