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Nigerian Army Kills suspected IPOB/ESN Member In Imo State, Ammunition Recovered

In Imo State’s Orsu Local Government Area, the Nigerian Army has eliminated a possible member of the Eastern Security Network, or ESN.

After a protracted gunfight on Saturday in the militia’s stronghold in the Orsu neighborhood of Ihiteukwa, the suspected ESN member was neutralized.

Describing the deceased as a “terrorist,” Onyema Nwachukwu, the Director of Army Public Relations, said troops recovered one AK-47 Rifle loaded with 19 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, 2 empty magazines and one FN Rifle loaded with 4 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition.

A statement by Nwachukwu reads: “Nigerian Army troops have successfully cleared IPOB/ESN hideout at Ihiteukwa Community in Orsu Local Government Area of Imo State, neutralizing one IPOB/ESN Terrorist after an intense firefight on Saturday 2 March 2024.

“On overpowering the fighters, the gallant troops conducted a search in their hideout and recovered 3 Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), one Toyota Highlander SUV, one Hilux vehicle, 8 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, 6 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition and one locally fabricated single barrel gun.

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“Other items recovered from the terrorists’ hideout include a pair of proscribed Biafran uniform, one solar panel, one CCTV camera, 10 mobile phones, batteries, a bundle of proscribed Biafran Currency, 3 solar street lights, 3 jungle hats, pairs of black boots and assorted charms.

“In a separate operation, conducted by own troops at a suspected IPOB/ESN crossing point in Akawa Nneato general area of Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia State, own troops engaged the terrorists in a firefight resulting in the terrorists scampering in disarray into nearby bushes.

“On exploiting further after the shootout, troops recovered one AK-47 Rifle loaded with 19 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, 2 empty magazines and one FN Rifle loaded with 4 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition.”

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