Four members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have been reportedly killed by troops of the 34 Brigade of the Nigerian Army stationed in Obinze, Imo State.
According to the Army, the IPOB members met their waterloo during a gun duel in Orlu Local Government Area of the state, adding that the suspected IPOB members opened fire on its troops who were on patrol in the area, but were overpowered by the troops.
The Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu disclosed this in a statement.
The statement read: “Troops of the 34 Brigade Obinze have neutralised four members of the Indigenous People of Biafra and its armed wing, Eastern Security Network, in a fierce encounter that ensued at Amaifeke and Ihioma in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State.
“The terrorists were taken out today, Monday, May 16, 2022, while shooting sporadically, threatening lives and property of innocent citizens.
“The irate dissidents opened fire on sighting the patrol team, who were out to ensure safety and security of lives and property of citizens.
“The vigilant troops engaged the criminals and neutralised four of them, while others succumbed to the superior firepower of the troops and escaped from the scene.
“Items recovered from the encounter include one pump action gun, 10 live cartridges, one Hilux truck, which was reportedly snatched at gunpoint yesterday by the irredentists, some mobile handsets and charms.”