The Nigerian Army has announced the neutralization of gunmen responsible for killing DSS officers in Ekwulobia, Anambra state on Friday.
In a statement made available to POLITICS NIGERIA, signed by spokesman, Onyema Nwachukwu, troops also recovered AK-47 rifles, vehicles and ammunition.
The statement read in part; “Troops of 82 Division Nigerian Army conducting Exercise GOLDEN DAWN have neutralised four gunmen of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra/ Eastern Security Network (IPOB/ESN) in a fierce encounter at Nnobi Junction, Idemili South Local Government Area on Friday 29 October 2021. This followed the assailants’ armed attack on personnel of security agencies deployed at Ekwulobia Round About in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State, during which troops swiftly mobilised to the scene and subsequently embarked on pursuit of the criminals along Nnewi – Nnobi road.”
“Troops made contact with the fleeing gunmen and engaged them in a fire fight, neutralizing four of the criminals. The gallant troops also recovered two AK-47 Rifles, one GALIL Ace 5.56 x 45 Iwi Gun, one Avofeng Hand held radio and one Black Highlander jeep. Sadly, a personnel of one of the security agencies paid the supreme price.”
“In a separate operation, troops have foiled another attack by IPOB/ESN gunmen at Umunze Checkpoint, in Orumba South Local Government Area. The vigilant troops overwhelmed the attackers in the shootout that ensued, forcing them to take to their heels, abandoning, one Pump Action gun with nine cartridges, one dark blue Ford and four motorcycles, which the troops have recovered.”
The Army described recent attacks by IPOB/ESN is part of a plan to instil fear “into the public and sabotage forthcoming Anambra State Governorship Election”.