The Nigerian Army says it killed seven members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), the militant arm of the pro-Biafra group, IPOB.
According to the Nigerian Army, the “clearance/raid operation” was carried out by troops of 6 Division Garrison, Port Harcourt and 29 Battalion in conjunction with other security operatives.
It also said six other members of the group were arrested.
The Director, Army Public Relations, Mohammed Yerima, a Brigadier General stated this in a statement on Saturday.
“Troops of 6 Division Garrison, Port Harcourt and 29 Battalion in conjunction with operatives of Nigerian Police, DSS, and NSCDC on Thursday, 27 May 2021, conducted a Clearance/Raid Operation at suspected IPOB/ESN enclaves at Agbomchia Forest along Pipeline Road Ogali/Komkom Boundary between Eleme and Oyigbo LGA’s of Rivers State,” the statement read.
“In the firefight that ensued during the Clearance/Raid Operation, 7 IPOB/ESN members were neutralized while 5 suspects arrested.
“Various items belonging to the criminals including arms and ammunition were also recovered by the security forces. The camp was promptly destroyed while suspects and corpses were handed over to the Police for further actions.
“There was no casualty on own troops and other security operatives as they have returned back to base in high morale.
“The Nigerian Army urges members of the public to always avail the troops with accurate and timely information that will help in tracking down and neutralise the so-called Unknown Gunmen (UGM) who are terrorizing the region.”