Nigerian Troops Storm Alleged Hideout Of IPOB, ESN In Delta, Say One Fighter Arrested, Firearms Recovered

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Troops of 63 Bde Garrison under the auspices of 6 Division of Nigerian Army and the Department of State Services (DSS) on Saturday sacked an enclave which allegedly belongs to the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its militant arm – the Eastern Security Network (ESN) in Delta State.

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The Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, who made this known in a statement, said that the troops in an ongoing Clearance Operation destroyed the enclave in the Delta State capital and arrested one of the alleged fighters. 

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The Army spokesperson said the troops conducted the operation “on the fortified enclave located in the middle of a forested high ground in the early hours of the day. 

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“The gallant troops overpowered the IPOB fighters in the exchange of fire that followed the encounter, compelling them to abandon their hideout in disarray.

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“The troops captured one of the fleeing fighters and recovered five AK 47 Rifles, three Pump Action Semi Automatic Rifles, one G3 Rifle and one single barrel gun. Other items recovered include Live Cartridges, Electric Saw, Machetes, an Axe and IPOB flag.

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“The troops have destroyed the enclave and are exploiting the forest in pursuit of the fleeing fighters.

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“The Chief of Army Staff, Major General Taoreed Lagbaja has commended the troops and other security agencies for their effort in the ongoing operations and has charged them to sustain the momentum to restore sanity in the region.”

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