Army raid IPOB/ESN stronghold where illegitimate sit-at-home is being declared

The Nigerian Army announces its troops have dislodged a fortress of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed associate, the Eastern Security Network in Lilu, a boundary town between Imo and the Anambra States.

The army said the operation was a well coordinated dawn attack on the forest, where plans were being perfected to violently enforce the illegitimate sit-at-home declaration by the irredentist groups”, he said.

This is contained in a release signed by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu and made available to newsmen in Owerri on Tuesday.

Nwachukwu said that the “notorious stronghold” located at Lilu forest, Ihiala local council area of Anambra, was dislodged on Monday in a joint operation with other security agencies after a fire fight.

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According to him, Lilu, was hitherto known to be used as an operational base of the proscribed group.

He added that the troops recovered 10 pump action shotguns, two locally fabricated guns, one revolver pistol, rounds of 7.62 mm special, live cartridges, machetes and IPOB flags.

Other items recovered were mobile phones, laptops as well as many dangerous weapons.

“The operation was jointly conducted by troops of 82 Division, Nigerian Navy, 211 Quick Response Group of the Nigerian Air Force, Department of State Services and the Nigeria Police.”

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