Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting
Troops of the 34 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, in conjunction with operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS), on Friday, May 20, killed two suspected members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), destroyed shrines and factory where arms and ammunition are manufactured.
This was disclosed in a statement by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, and made available to Stonix News on Saturday.
Nwachukwu said the troops dislodged a training camp of the proscribed Indigeneous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed wing, Eastern Security Network (ESN) at Okporo in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State.
He said before the dislodgement, there was an exchange of fire with the dissidents, during which two notorious members of the group, who have been on the wanted list of security agencies and have been terrorising residents in the general area of Orlu, Orsu and Njaba, were neutralised.
“The troops equally destroyed the training shed and other facilities used by the separatists, including a shrine, which members of the outlawed group reportedly use for spiritual fortification.
“A local factory for fabricating weapons was also discovered and destroyed.
“A search of the factory uncovered, three dane guns, one locally fabricated pistol, one live round of 7.62mm, one live cartridge, two used shells of 7.62mm (special) and objects suspected to be charms, among other dangerous weapons,” were recovered.