Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Unrest in IPOB’s camp as soldiers destroy their ‘supreme headquarters’ in Imo

The Nigerian Army, along with other security agencies, raided and destroyed the supreme headquarters of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Mother Valley, Orsu council area of Imo.

The Force Commander, Joint Task Force South-East, Operation Udo Ka, Maj.-Gen. Hassan Dada, disclosed this while addressing newsmen at Eke Ututu, Orsu Local Government Area (LGA) of Imo on Friday.

The Operation Udo Ka, which began on February 11, 2024, included troops from the Nigerian Army, Navy, Air Force, as well as personnel from the Nigerian Police Force, Department of State Services, and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps.

The commander said the troops cleared and liberated Ihiteukwa, Eke Ututu, and Ihittenansa towns, all in Imo, as well as Orsumoghu and Lilu towns in Ihiala and Ekwusigo LGAs of Anambra.

He said that the headquarters, which served as the last IPOB stronghold, is located in the Mother Valley and spans the Orsu and Ihiala LGAs of Imo and Anambra, respectively.

“It is about 5,000 feet below sea level,” Dada disclosed.

He added that the well-concealed forest location afforded the terrorists good cover from air surveillance and served as their command and control centre and military council headquarters.

He also said that during the raid, the last of which occurred on Thursday, March 7, the gallant troops encountered, detonated, and recovered many Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and various types of obstacles, which were cleared by the determined troops.

He further said the troops also came in contact with the terrorists, subdued them with superior firepower, and neutralised many of them, while others with varying degrees of gunshot wounds fled into surrounding bushes.

“In addition to many weapons, equipment, IEDs and stolen vehicles recovered over the last three weeks, items recovered in the Mother Valley include three G3 rifles, nine automatic pump action rifles, seven double barrel guns, two locally-made pistols, two rocket-propelled grenade bombs, two AK 47 magazines, and one G3 magazine.

“Others were 26 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 16 rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition, 72 Pump Action Cartridges, one chainsaw, one laptop, one CCTV DVR, 26 CCTV cameras, 17 Baofeng radios with batteries, and 10 without batteries and their chargers.

“Also recovered were six handheld IEDs, 26 Android phones, 25 ordinary phones, one inverter, one SIM card registration machine, four POS machines, three motorcycle batteries for igniting IEDs, two trumpets, two Biafra flags, 20 ESN certificates, two diaries containing details of ammunition and food supplies, and two pairs of Biafra Liberation Army uniforms.

“The joint troops also destroyed about 50 tents in the valley housing the Supreme Headquarters, IPOB/ESN command and control centre, Buteuzor’s hideout and residence, offices, their logistics base, temples, and shrines used for occultic practices, among many other items,” he said.

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