The Nigerian Armed Forces, NAF, has on Thursday, said that the activities of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and its Eastern Security Network, ESN, have been “drastically reduced in recent times” by men of the Nigerian Army, Page 36 learnt.
In a statement signed by the Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brigadier-General Bernard Onyeuko, the Army stated that presently, IPOB-linked violence in the South-East region, are only recorded in small pockets.
He said in an official statement: “The IPOB/ESN elements activities in the South-East drastically reduced in recent times. However, pockets of incidents were recorded in some locations at Oru-West Local Government Area of Imo State, and Ebonyi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
“Troops responded to distress calls, and carried out raid operations on some IPOB enclaves within the period in focus. During some of these operations, troops arrested one of the IPOB Secretaries, Mr. Obinna Nwite, and recovered 4 pistols, 3 long barrel guns, 18 rounds of assorted ammunitions, and minutes of meeting book containing some names of IPOB members.
”The arrested IPOB/ESN militia and all recovered items have been handed over to appropriate prosecuting Agencies, for further action.”