23rd November, 2021
Troops have neutralised a member of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Eastern Security Network (ESN) and dispersed others engaged in setting homes and businesses ablaze in Imo.
The troops, conducting Exercise Golden Dawn, engaged the hoodlums on Monday while responding to a distress call on an attack by the hoodlums in Awo-Mmamma community, Oru East Local Government Area.
Major Abubakar Abdullahi, Acting Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 82 Division Nigerian Army, said this in a statement in Enugu on Tuesday.
Abdullahi, however, said that a gallant soldier paid the supreme prize in defence of the people.
“Troops conducting Exercise Golden Dawn have dispersed IPOB/ESN hoodlums carrying out arson while enforcing the illegitimate sit-at-home order imposed by the proscribed group at Awo-Mmamma community on Monday, Nov. 22.
“In the quest to compel citizens to comply with the unlawful order, IPOB/ESN criminals indulged in harassment, intimidation and physical abuse of commuters going about their lawful businesses.
“The criminals went further to carry out arson and destruction of businesses and homes at Ishieke junction (along Owerri-Onitsha Expressway) as a vendetta against the citizens for not complying with the illegal order.
“The hoodlums, who had earlier blocked the highway, set ablaze a commercial vehicle heading towards Onitsha.
“Vigilant troops responding to distress calls by motorists and shop owners swiftly moved to the scene and engaged the hoodlums in a firefight.